St Cuthbert's Way
Follow in the footsteps of St Cuthbert

St Cuthbert's Way

Walk St Cuthbert's Way

One of the most beautiful, varied and enjoyable long distance walking routes in Britain. 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.

Follow in the footsteps of St Cuthbert

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.

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Crabapple Cottage
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Fenton Hill Farm Cottage
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Wooler
A lovely comfortable single storey cottage with stunning views surrounded by wonderful open countryside and views of the Cheviot Hills. Furnished and equipped to a high standard With an open fire ...
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Crookhouse Mill
Crookhouse Mill
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Wooler
Gloriously rural, Crookhouse Mill is a fantastic barn conversion with breathtaking views over the Northumberland National Park. ...
£995.00
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Firwood
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Firwood Country B&B
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Wooler
A very warm welcome to Firwood from Mike and Beth Mills. We offer peace and tranquillity, a touch of style and luxury, with homely comforts and delicious breakfasts. ...
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The Lindisfarne Inn
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Holy Island
The nearest mainland inn to Holy Island, North East England Tourism Pub of the Year Silver Winner 2016 The Lindisfarne Inn is open all day, every day for food, drinks and accommodation.  ...
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Braeside Cottage in WoolerBook online
Braeside
Self Catering
Wooler
Peaceful, beautifully located cottage in the Cheviot Foothills. Cosy, welcoming, ideal for walking, relaxing, exploring. Close to Wooler. Sleeps 4. ...
£370.00
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Bowmont Cottage
Self Catering
Wooler
Two bedrooms, sleeping 4. Bathroom (bath, basin, loo), shower (loo, basin). Large sitting-room, wood-burning stove, large kitchen/dining-room with Raeburn. Carpeted, central heating throughout. ...
£200.00
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Homildon Cottage
Homildon Cottage
Self Catering
Wooler
Secluded 1800s cottage bordering National Park, AGA, wood stove, games-room, large hillside garden, recently renovated, sleeps eight. Wooler: 20 minutes walk. ...
£477.00
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Hoolit Cottage
Self Catering
Wooler
Hoolit Cottage is a pretty, stone built, two bedroom cottage set in a quiet, nature rich oasis in the beautiful Bowmont Valley. ...
£290.00
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