St. Oswald’s Way… is a long-distance walking route, exploring some of the finest landscapes and fascinating history of Northumberland. From Holy Island (Lindisfarne) in the north, St. Oswald’s Way follows the stunning Northumberland coast, before heading inland across beautiful countryside to Heavenfield and Hadrian’s Wall in the south, a distance of 97 miles (156 km).
The route links some of the places associated with St. Oswald, the King of Northumbria in the early 7th Century, who played a major part in bringing Christianity to his people.
Oswald was born around 604 and died in battle against the pagan Mercians in around 642. He converted to Chrisianity after the Battle of Heavenfield around 633.Oswald did the most to help spread Christianity throughout Northumbria, giving the island of Lindisfarne to the Irish bishop Aiden and also acting as his interpreter whilst the bishop preached.