Camino Inglés to Finchale- Escomb Church to Finchale Priory (via Durham Cathedral) – 2-3 days, 20 miles. You begin at the Saxon church of Escomb before reaching Bishop Auckland. The Castle houses paintings of Jacob and his twelve sons by the Spanish painter Francisco de Zurburan. Walk through the Weardale valley via Binchester Roman Fort before arriving at Durham Cathedral, the shrine of St Cuthbert, and hear the cathedral choir sing evensong. From Durham walk the Weardale Way to the spectacular ruins of Finchale Priory, where the 12th-century hermit Godric lived for 50 years, and from where he made one of the earliest recorded pilgrimages from England to Santiago in Northern Spain. This route is a recognised English section of the Camino de Santiago, starting at the port city of A Coruna, where medieval pilgrims arrived from England.
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Day 1 – Short walk from Escomb to Bishop Auckland and visiting Auckland Castle, Spanish Art Galley, Mining Art Gallery etc.
Day 2 – Walk from Bishop Auckland to Durham.
Day 3 – Cathedral, castle and other Durham places in morning, and afternoon walk to Finchale Priory.
Travel: Start: Train to Bishop Auckland station, then taxi to Escomb Church start, or No 86 bus, hourly, from Bishop Auckland. Buses do not run on Sundays. End: Taxi from Finchale Priory (just across the river), or bus 42 from HMP Frankland (a short walk) to Durham (where there’s a train station).
First night – Bishop Auckland, Binchester, Byers Green, Whitworth.
Second night – Durham.
*(Sunderland Bridge is possible first night stop if doing 2-day version of route).
Footpaths, fields and small sections of road.