More than 80 adults and children greet Bishop Paul at Darlington station on his arrival to start his 4 days of prayer walks around the area in 2016. (Picture: Keith Blundy)

The Right Revd Paul Butler, Bishop of Durham is to about to embark on the third set of prayer walks round his Diocese, aimed at allowing him to meet people, get to know the area and pray for it and its people.

Bishop Paul will take part in two further Prayer Walks this year following the fantastic successes of the walks in 2015 and 2016. The prayer walks will continue on a periodic yearly basis until he has walked across all sixteen Deaneries of the Diocese.

The 2017 series of two walks, which each take three days, are happening this month; Gateshead Area starts on Thursday May 25th with the second walk in the Hartlepool Area on the 1st June. The prayer walks this year start on a Thursday, continuing Friday and Sunday leaving Saturday free.

The  Gateshead prayer walks will see the Bishop visit a variety of locations including: The Tyne Riverside; The Gateshead Millennium Bridge; The Sage; Trinity Square; Gateshead Town Centre; The Angel of the North; Gateshead Stadium as well as a variety of civic and community locations.


In Hartlepool, the Bishop will visit an equally eclectic mix of places including: A Mosque; The Seaside; Hartlepool Fish Quay; A trip in a RNLI Lifeboat; and the Royal Naval Museum Trincomalee.

Both walks are designed to get out amongst the communities of the Diocese of Durham and to talk and pray with people where they are. Bishop Paul said: “I love Prayer Walks because they are a great way to discover an area, meet its people and pray together with them.

“As we walk and pray together we seek to bless, and be blessed by, the people and communities that we visit. I hope that people will join me. It is fun, enjoyable and really rewarding to do.”

Updates to itinerary of the Bishop Prayer Walk / locations will be available via the Facebook page: 

Draft Itineraries can be downloaded here: 

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