Jim Darlington and David Collins led the three-day Walking Retreat.
Daily reflections took place at the beginning and at the end of the day. The theme of the retreat was Gratitude, Prophecy & Hope; reflections were delivered by David Collins & Michael O’Halloran, exploring Passionist Spirituality and offering opportunities to reflect. The staff and volunteers of Minsteracres provided warm hospitality (and delicious home baked scones).
There were eleven walkers participating and as they loaded onto the minibus off they went to start the first 10-mile walk of the Lintzford Loop. David Collins really enjoyed the walk and surrounding beauty of the landscape and could easily have kept walking (He walks around 5o miles plus) a week). The group were full of joy on returning to Minsteracres and had a meal together to relax in advance of the final day walk.
The walk started from Branchland, a village dating back to medieval times and which is pretty and peaceful. The route between the two starting points was along the Carriers’ Way, an old packhorse route used to transport lead from the Allendale mines to the coast. Jim said, “This was a good walk and there were a few hills but everyone met the challenge. The group also stopped off for a refreshment, which delighted all walkers. The sun was out and the group thoroughly enjoyed the second day walk.
Daniel kindly supplied the photos from the three-day walks, really enjoyed getting outdoors, and was grateful to be in the company of other walkers.