Walking with St. Cuthbert: A Pilgrimage with Larry Peacock

Monday, May 20, 2024 12:00 AM to Friday, May 31, 2024 12:00 AM

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St. Cuthbert’s Way is one of Scotland’s Great Trails, full of spectacular views, quaint towns, and diverse landscapes. Covering 62 miles (100k), the path takes you from Melrose, where St. Cuthbert began his religious life, to the Holy Island of Lindisfarne, where he died and was originally buried. The first monastery on Lindisfarne was established in 635 by St. Aidan, and the island remains a much-visited pilgrimage site. Lindisfarne, like few other places, exhibits the spirit of early Celtic Christianity in its timeless atmosphere. Our pilgrimage through key historical sites connected with St. Cuthbert. A medieval saint, St. Cuthbert is regarded as the patron saint of Northumberland. With origins in the Celtic tradition, Cuthbert was renowned for his evangelistic zeal and miraculous powers. He was widely admired for his piety, and he was a monk as well as a hermit and bishop.

The walk named for him was only officially opened in 1996, although the holy sites it connects have been venerated since Cuthbert’s lifetime in the 7th century. Highlights include the Cheviot Hills, the towns of Morebattle, Kirk Yetholm, Wooler, and Fenwick, and the final journey onto the Holy Island across a causeway (or older pilgrim’s path) that is only accessible during parts of the day. Along the way, we are accompanied by a local guide who will walk with us and share about the path, the area, and the history. We will have daily times of reflection and sharing led by Rev. Larry.

This pilgrimage includes a day and night in Edinburgh before departing for Melrose. In Edinburgh, we’ll explore the religious history of Scotland and the Protestant Reformation, and secular sites such as Edinburgh Castle. The final itinerary and details may be adjusted for guide and accommodation availability.

Registration is through Progressive Pilgrimage.  Please use the code ROLLING on the registration page for a special $100 Rolling Ridge discount.

Cost: $3,650
Deposit: $500


About the leader(s)

Larry Peacock

Rev. Larry Peacock is a retired United Methodist pastor and former director of Rolling Ridge and the Franciscan Spiritual Center, where he led pilgrimages to Assisi and Compostela de Santiago walking the Camino. He has been visiting holy places since his first visit to Iona and Taize in 1975. He is an author, retreat leader, and spiritual director and loves long-distance walking and companioning those on the journey.