Pilgrims set to flock to Tod to follow saint’s footsteps

Tina and Stuart Clayton, who have organised The Paulinus Way walk, whose first leg will be from St Mary's Church, Todmorden to York.
Tina and Stuart Clayton, who have organised The Paulinus Way walk, whose first leg will be from St Mary's Church, Todmorden to York.

WALKERS can now follow in the footsteps of a saint after a Todmorden teacher traced the route of 6th-century saint Paulinus.

A new trail has been plotted after three years of work and research by Todmorden teacher Tina Clayton.

Modern-day pilgrims will follow the route this weekend, walking from Todmorden to York in a 65-mile journey.

Among their group will be pilgrims from Sweden and New Zealand - including a namesake called Paulinus Barnes.

Along with a team of 32, Tina traced St Paulinus’s route and identified a stone in Shore, a hamlet above Cornholme, as one of the Paulinus crosses.

Tina said: “I just want to be in the footsteps of this man I’ve spent so long with and get a sense of his commitment and faith.”

The pilgrims will stop off at churches and chapels along their route as well as blogging and tweeting their progress.

They will be at St Michael’s Church, Mytholmroyd on Sunday, heading to Halifax on Monday before travelling on to Dewsbury, Wakefield, Headingley, Tadcaster and York.

Anyone can join the pilgrims along the route. They will take their final steps of their trip to York Minster on September 4 when they leave the Museum Gardens in York at 9am.

They will then be welcomed by the Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu at 9.30am for a Communion service at 10am.

Along with her husband, calligrapher Stuart Clayton she has put together a book with 14 route maps so walkers, drivers, cyclists and even canal boaters can follow and together with fellow congregation members from St Mary’s Church, Todmorden – the official start of the new Paulinus Way.

They have organised a three-day medieval-themed festival in the town over the bank holiday weekend to mark the opening of the new trail.

It includes exhibitions, competitions, art, music, flowers, food, street entertainment, a free community feast, as well as the launch of the Paulinus Way route maps and book.

Tina thanked Rev Owen Page and the team for their work.

For more details contact Tina Clayton on 01706 819140 or ptollycat@hotmail.co.uk.