A WELL-WORN pilgrims' path will be trodden by children from schools in Yorkshire and Middlesbrough.

The Ripon and Leeds Church of England Diocese is organising an inter-faith pilgrimage from Ripon Cathedral to Fountains Abbey next month.

About 70 Christian and Muslim children will take part in the event, on Monday, October 3.

A diocese spokesman said the children would share in collective worship and discussion groups in the morning.

In the afternoon, they will make the three-mile pilgrimage from the cathedral to the World Heritage Site abbey.

Project co-ordinator Eileen Bellett, from Ripon, said the event was an opportunity for children of different faiths to meet.

She said: "This is the first of what we hope will be a series of events over the coming year.

"We are planning a visit to Middlesbrough, where the children will visit a mosque and a Hindu temple."

The route taken will be that of the annual Boxing Day pilgrimage led by the Bishop of Ripon, the Right Reverend John Packer, via the village of Studley Roger, the Deer Park at Studley Royal and the abbey grounds.