Cuddy’s Corse – Chester-le-Street to Durham Cathedral – 8 miles, 1 day. The pilgrimage route follows a riverside path from Chester-le-Street, then field edges up to Great Lumley, to the riverside Finchale Priory, home of the great 12-century pilgrim and hermit, St Godric. From Finchale the path passes by Frankland prison, and on to the riverside at Durham with views of the castle and cathedral. The river Wear is crossed by the ancient Framwellgate bridge, and then walk the medieval Silver street to the market square and Sadler street to Palace green, surrounded by the Castle, university and the Cathedral, where there is a pilgrimage gallery, countless holy treasures, and remains of three great spiritual beings – Saint Cuthbert, Saint Oswald and the Venerable Bede – are buried.
Northern Saints Trails also offer several routes to Durham Cathedral, the last few miles of which could substitute for a day cathedral pilgrimage.