THE Archbishop of York paid a special visit to a Tynedale visitor attraction as part of a programme of events last weekend.

Dr John Sentamu visited The Sill: National Landscape Discovery Centre on Saturday to hold a ‘coffee and conversation with the Archibishop of York’ event.

It was just one of nearly 300 events across the region in the Diocese of Newcastle’s Pathways Mission weekend, designed to strengthen its relationship with local communities. Over 30 bishops took part, led by the archbishop.

Dr Sentamu met The Sill team, children and teachers from local schools and people from communities throughout the Northumberland National Park.

Many of the children had taken part in the Archbishop’s Young Leaders programme – a citizenship programme which empowers young people to make a difference in their community while growing in key leadership skills.

The Rev. Benjamin Carter, vicar of Haydon Bridge and Beltingham with Henshaw, said: “It is wonderful to be able to show Archbishop Sentamu the Sill. The Church has long known the deep value of the landscape as a place to find God and oneself in pilgrimage, solitude, and companionship.”