St Cuthbert's Way

Cuthbert is regarded as the patron saint of Northern England. He grew up near Melrose Abbey in Scotland, becoming its Prior in 662AD and ended his monastic career in 686 as Bishop of Lindisfarne. St Cuthbert’s Way is a 62 mile walk following in his footsteps through the border country between Scotland and England, starting in Melrose, Scotland and ending in Northumbria on the ‘Holy Island’ of Lindisfarne. The route follows a way-marked trail through a varied landscape of rolling hills, woodland, high moors and a final crossing of the tidal causeway to Holy Island. Along the way you will visit several historical sites associated with St Cuthbert.

Prices are per person based on twin share and include all accommodation in twin share rooms on bed & breakfast basis, luggage transfer, information pack including map & guidebook and our emergency contact.

Single rooms are available. We only apply a supplement for single accommodation when there is a direct cost to us and we cap this in line with our ‘Fair pricing’ policy. Solo walkers pay a supplement of £12 per walking day, plus any single room supplement which may be required.

Route Options

This itinerary splitting St Cuthbert's Way into four stages will suit experienced long distance walkers. The days on this itinerary are from 15 - 17 miles in length.

Arrive at Melrose and check into your accommodation
Day 1 Melrose to Harestanes* 15 miles
Day 2 *Harestanes to Kirk Yetholm 17 miles
Day 3 Kirk Yetholm to Wooler through the Cheviot foothills 14 miles
Day 4 Wooler to Lindisfarne (Holy Island) 17 miles
Depart Lindisfarne
* indicates transfers required.

Walking the St Cuthbert's Way in 5 stages spits the long section between Harestanes and Kirk Yetholm over two shorter days. This allows more time to enjoy the Teviot Valley and visit Cessford Castle. This itinerary has one long final day but this is fairly level.

Arrive at Melrose and check into your accommodation
Day 1 Melrose to Harestanes* 15 miles
Day 2 *Harestanes to Morebattle 11 miles Day 3 Morebattle to Kirk Yetholm 6 miles
Day 4 Kirk Yetholm to Wooler through the Cheviot foothills 14 miles
Day 5 Wooler to Lindisfarne (Holy Island) 17 miles
Depart Lindisfarne
* indicates transfers required.

As for the 5 day option of St Cuthbert's Way as far as Wooler, then the remaining long stage to Lindisfarne is split into two shorter days giving a relaxed pace throughout and more opportunity to visit the sites associated with St Cuthbert.

Arrive at Melrose and check into your accommodation
Day 1 Melrose to Harestanes* 15 miles
Day 2 *Harestanes to Morebattle 11 miles Day 3 Morebattle to Kirk Yetholm 6 miles
Day 4 Kirk Yetholm to Wooler through the Cheviot foothills 14 miles
Day 5 Wooler to Fenwick 11 miles Day 6 Fenwick to Lindisfarne (Holy Island) 6 miles
Depart Lindisfarne
* indicates transfers required.

Our most relaxed paced itinerary for St Cuthbert's Way. There is just one day over 11 miles which is unavoidable as you cross the Cheviot foothills.

Arrive at Melrose and check into your accommodation
Day 1 Melrose to St Boswells 6 miles Day 2 St Boswells to Harestanes* 10 miles
Day 3 *Harestanes to Morebattle 11 miles Day 4 Morebattle to Kirk Yetholm 6 miles
Day 5 Kirk Yetholm to Wooler through the Cheviot foothills 14 miles
Day 6 Wooler to Fenwick 11 miles Day 7 Fenwick to Lindisfarne (Holy Island) 6 miles
Depart Lindisfarne
* indicates transfers required.

The price includes:

  • All accommodation in twin/double rooms (with private bathroom where available) in guest houses, inns or hotels
  • All breakfasts
  • Luggage transfer between hotels
  • A Wandering Aengus information pack containing all necessary maps, a current guide book, laminated locator maps for each night's accommodation, and our own weather-proof 'info cards' with local information - including locations and opening times of restaurants, cafes, ATMs, supermarkets etc.
  • Our emergency contact number

Not included:

  • Lunches and evening meals (we provide full details of your options)
  • Extra costs incurred through using escape routes or abandonment of the itinerary
  • Miscellaneous personal expenses such as drinks etc.

Our Accommodation:

As keen walkers ourselves we appreciate the importance of the place you put your feet up and rest your head in at the end of each day. We very carefully select our accommodations whether they be a cosy pub, family run guest house, or established town centre hotel. We choose places directly on the route or within easy walking distance of it and if we ever have to transfer you because of limited availability, we will always contact you to discuss this and never just leave you to find out later. We provide comfortable, clean and warm twin or double rooms, with private bathroom wherever available. Single occupancy of rooms is also available for a supplementary cost.

Meals:

Breakfast at your accommodation is included in the holiday price. In most cases your accommodation will serve dinner and will be able to prepare a packed lunch for you. Sometimes this will have to be arranged in advance and we will let you know if this is the case. Alternatively you can use our detailed notes to make your own dining and lunch arrangements using local restaurants, cafes and supermarkets.

MELROSE: Melrose is situated approximately 55 miles north of the Scottish border. The nearest railway station is Tweedbank and from here it is approximately 10 minutes by bus (service 8A/90)

RETURNING FROM LINDISFARNE: The nearest railway station for Holy Island (Lindisfarne) is Berwick-upon-Tweed (BWK) on the East Coast Main Line. There are hourly trains to London Kings Cross, Newcastle and Edinburgh. The best way to reach Berwick-upon-Tweed is by taxi. You need to time your journey to the causeway safe crossing times, which are published at http://orawww.northumberland.gov.uk/www2/holyisland/holyisland.asp.
Perryman’s bus service 477 runs between Lindisfarne and Berwick (approximately 35 minutes journey time). The timetable for this service varies according to the causeway safe crossing times.

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St Oswald's Way Map

St Cuthbert’s Way is a relatively moderate and well-signed walk, although it does have its challenges. Starting out among the bucolic landscapes round Melrose, you cross Eildon Hills before following first the River Tweed and then the Roman Road of Dere Street to Kirk Yetholm, the end point of the Pennine Way. From here St Cuthbert’s Way makes its way over the Cheviot Hills and crosses into England before descending to the important market town of Wooler. A walk through pastoral England brings you to the coast and a final dramatic crossing to Lindisfarne along a causeway which only appears at low tide. It can be linked to St Oswald's Way.