THE Bishop of Durham has completed his fifth year of prayer walks in an effort to bring the community together.

The walks were staged by the Right Reverend Paul Butler who met with people across the Weardale area and prayed with the community.

He said: "I love prayer walks because they are a great way to discover an area, meet its people and pray together with them.

“As we walk and pray together, we seek to bless and be blessed by the people and communities that we visit.

"It is fun, enjoyable and gratifying to do.”

During the prayer walks across Weardale the bishop visited towns, villages, the dales and urban areas.

Among the places he visited, he was taken in an aggregate lorry to a quarry in Upper Teesdale and then went to an outdoor adventure centre for a spot of canoeing.

He also was welcomed to a mini street party at a Co-op store in Frosterley and tried his hand playing a wurlitzer organ in Howden-le-Wear.

The walks took place over four days last week.