The region is expected to become a popular pilgrimage destination with the launch of six new hiking routes.
The Ways of the Saints of the North are based on ancient pilgrimage routes and reflect the journeys of the saints in the region and their links with the North-East.
Positioning the North East of England as the Christian crossroads of the British Isles, they are designed to bring the fascinating stories of the region’s Saints to life while showcasing the best of scenery, heritage, attractions, food and sights. drinks from the region.
Tourism executives hope they will also conduct national day tours and trips to the region, and attract foreign visitors for the return of inbound tourism.
Ivor Stolliday, President of Visit County Durham, said: “Not only do they bring ancient pilgrimage routes to life for the modern visitor, but the trails will have an extremely positive impact on the economy of our visitors – enhancing our authentic tourism offering and cementing the reputation of the Northeast as a pilgrimage destination, at a time when consumers are looking for new experiences. ”
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The Northern Saints Trails could also provide vital business support at a time when the recovery from the pandemic is underway, with more than 500 businesses and sites along the routes featured on the Northern Saints Trails website and promoted as part of the marketing activities.
A passport program will also boost attendance at participating businesses, encouraging visitors to research venues to collect unique stamps as a testament to their visit.
Locations include Durham Cathedral, the Great North Museum, Hancock in Newcastle and Hexham Abbey in Northumberland.
County Durham Councilor Elizabeth Scott, Economics and Partnerships Portfolio Holder, said: “The Saints Trails of the North will play a key role in helping the economy of visitors to County Durham and the region. in the broad sense to rebuild better, by offering companies a new and engaging means. to target customers.
“As the county strives to become the UK City of Culture 2025, which will also bring benefits to the North East as a whole, the Northern Saints Trails bring our fascinating shared history and heritage to life, enriching the lives of our communities and creating new cultural activities.
The routes also recognize Durham Cathedral’s role as a pilgrimage destination for centuries.
The Reverend Canon Charlie Allen, Chancellor Canon, said: “Durham Cathedral was born as a place where pilgrims arriving at St Cuthbert’s Shrine were welcomed for prayer and hospitality.
“The six new Northern Saints Paths connect contemporary pilgrims to the lives of Northern Saints – Aidan, Cuthbert, Oswald, Hild and Bede. A warm welcome awaits you, and we hope that pilgrims of all faiths and no one come together. will be delighted with what is to discover on this magnificent UNESCO World Heritage Site. ”
For more details visit nordsaints.com
The trails are promoted through the website, along with a dedicated marketing campaign and trail flyers that have been distributed through the area’s visitor information networks.
Looking to 2030, Visit County Durham will continue to work with partners in North East England to further develop trails that exceed visitor expectations, rivaling some of the best pilgrimage routes in Europe.
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