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Tourism partners explore County Durham’s heritage




Representatives from Spain have experienced some of the delights of County Durham this

weekend.





Following a region-to-region tourism partnership being signed by Durham County Council

and A Coruña Provincial Council in northwest Spain, last year, partners have come

together in person to take part in a pilgrimage along the English Way.


The agreement will see the sharing of best practice in tourism marketing, and the

promotion and enhancement of the English Way, the Northern Saints Trails and other

pilgrimage routes, creating increased economic benefits for both A Coruña and County

Durham.


A Coruña is home to Camino de Santiago, one of the most recognised pilgrimage routes in

Europe, attracting more than 200,000 pilgrims every year.


The partnership will therefore strengthen County Durham’s position as a destination to

make a pilgrimage to, building upon the six successful Northern Saints Trails. Based on

ancient pilgrim routes, the trails position the north east as the ‘Christian Crossroads of the

British Isles’ and are designed to bring the fascinating stories of the region’s Saints to life.

Across the weekend, delegates visited Bishop Auckland before joining the English Way

from Finchale Priory to Durham Cathedral.


Cllr Amanda Hopgood, Leader of Durham County Council, said: “It has been wonderful to

host our partners from A Coruña. Our regions have such a shared cultural heritage,

particularly in respect to pilgrimage.


“By working together to share best practice and make our walking routes as successful as

possible, we can attract even more visitors to both areas and preserve our rich heritage for

centuries to come.


“Showcasing our wealth of history and heritage and introducing more visitors to our

beautiful landscapes, fantastic festivals and events has been a key aspect of our bid to be

named UK City of Culture 2025. Culture is an integral part of our ambitions for the county

and can create so many opportunities for all. Our shortlisting in the competition

demonstrates how seriously we take our commitment to culture, and we look forward to

further developing our exciting plans.”


For more information on Northern Saints Trails please visit http://www.northernsaints.com/

More information on Camino Inglés can be found at

https://www.caminodesantiago.gal/en/make-plans/the-ways/english-way

To find out more about the City of Culture bid, submit ideas and leave messages of

support, visit www.durham2025.co.uk or follow the Durham 2025 social media accounts at

@Durham2025 on Facebook, @Durham_2025 on Twitter, and @Durham2025_ on

Instagram.