Starting at the Scottish borders, St Cuthbert’s Way passes through sweeping Northumberland National Park
, remote College Valley, the foothills of the Cheviots
and the banks of the River Till. Then, onto the striking Northumberland Coast Path
and across the tidal causeway that leads to Holy Island
St Cuthbert's Way is a 62-mile (100 km) long-distance trail between the Scottish Borders town of Melrose and Lindisfarne (Holy Island). The walk is named after Cuthbert, a 7th-century saint, a native of the Borders who spent his life in the service of the church. St. Cuthbert started his religious life in 650AD, with Holy Island off the Northumberland Coast
, his eventual resting place and his original pilgrimage shrine.
Although the majority of walkers travel from west to east it can be as easily walked in the reverse direction with good waymarking in both directions. The route starts at Melrose Abbey as it descends towards the Scottish Borders. The border ridge is reached 2 miles (3 km) east of Kirk Yetholm. On the English side the trail descends through the Northumberland National Park to the village of Hethpool in the College Valley. The trail then climbs through the foothills of the Cheviot Hills, passing just south of the hillforts of Yeavering Bell and Humbleton Hill, to the town of Wooler.
From Wooler the Way ascends the valley of the River Till to the twin villages of West Horton and East Horton. It then follows farmland tracks to St. Cuthbert's Cave near Holburn. Near the cave it joins St Oswald's Way and the Northumberland Coast Path to head north through Fenwick to reach the coast just east of Beal. The last section across the sands to Lindisfarne (Holy Island) can only be walked at low tide, either by the modern road or by the historic, more direct, Pilgrims Path, marked by posts.
The St Cuthbert's Way website provides detailed information on the stages of this beautiful long distance walk.