HUNDREDS of walkers retraced the steps of the monks who carried St Cuthbert to his final resting place in an annual pilgrimage.

Pilgrims including the Dean of Durham took part in the St Cuthbert’s Day Walk and Procession from Chester-le-Street to Durham, held every year on the nearest Saturday to the saint’s feast day of March 20.

They were joined for the final stretch between Finchale Abbey and Durham Cathedral by the Durham Friends of Camino.

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During the Middle Ages, the Way of St James, otherwise known as the Camino de Santiago, was one of the most important pilgrimages in Christianity, leading to the shrine of St James in the Spanish city of Santiago de Compostela.

Pilgrims from Northern Europe and Scandanavia would begin their journey from Finchale Priory and the four-mile segment of the walk to Durham is recognised by church authorities as an official portion of the English Way, which counts towards the 100km of the route required to have officially walked the Camino de Santiago.