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Special walking guides link up twelve Cumbrian churches

A team of Cumbrian parishes has produced a series of special walking guides to encourage visits to twelve places of worship.

St Bega's Bassenthwaite is one of the churches people can visit as part of the series of linear walksThe Binsey Team Ministry covers 250 square miles, taking in some of the Northern Fells, going up to the Solway Plain. Now work has been completed on a series of twelve linear walks from church to church.

The guides are the work of Ros Downing, a congregation member of St John’s Bassenthwaite, who first began work on drawing them together in 2011.

She said: “This is work which has gone on – off and on - for four years. Two more parishes recently joined the Binsey Team so that spurred me on to complete all the guides.

“One of the aims of the project is to encourage as many visitors as possible to come into our churches; it will be of benefit to them and to the churches.

“Perhaps they could take the opportunity to pray in a nice peaceful place or perhaps even buy a booklet or give a donation to boost funds.

“The other really important part of this project is to create a further bond between all of our churches in the Binsey Team.”

Each of the 12 churches which are open for worship has now been given copies of the walking guides which will be made available to visitors who want to explore the Binsey Team area further.

The guides also take in visits to three further churches in the Binsey Team area which are now disused and include details of distance – the longest walk is 9 miles – terrain, Ordnance Survey grid references for the start and finish and indicative timings to complete each section.

The documents also include opening times for all the churches as well as a prayer or reading in memory of the patron saint of each church.

All the routes are linear so walkers are also advised to ensure they have adequate transport at the start and end of each tour.

The Rev’d Tricia Rogers, Team Rector for the Binsey Team, said: “Team members were given an official presentation about the walking guides this week after all the work had been completed.

“They are well researched and detailed routes and we can’t thank Ros enough for all she has done to develop and produce these tours.

“We know from all those who have already tested out the routes that those walkers are taken through some beautiful countryside.

“We just hope that there are plenty of people who will look to complete the set in the coming years and that they find it excellent exercise for the body, mind and spirit.”

The Binsey Team comprises the parishes of Allhallows, Bassenthwaite, Boltons, Embleton, Ireby, Isel, Plumbland, Setmurthy, Torpenhow, Uldale and Wythop.

The 12 walk series include visits to St Bega Bassenthwaite, St Barnabas Setmurthy, St Margaret Wythop, St Cuthbert Embleton, St Michael and All Angels Isel, St Cuthbert Plumbland, All Saints Allhallows, St Michael and All Angels Torpenhow, All Saints Boltongate, St James Ireby, St James Uldale, St John Bassenthwaite.

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