St Cuthbert's Cave on the St Cuthbert's Way tall pine trees in the distance, group of walkers passing rocks and cave

St Cuthbert’s Way


62 miles Moderate

A path from Holy Island (Lindisfarne) in Northumberland to Melrose in the Scottish Borders. The walk is named after Cuthbert, a 7th Century saint who spent his life in the Borders. This is a beautiful and varied walk which links a number of places that were significant to Cuthbert such as the abbeys at Melrose and Holy Island, and the evocative St Cuthbert’s Cave.

The St Cuthbert’s Way terrain is relatively easy in parts, but the section across the Cheviot Hills is demanding in places. The highest point on the path is 1207 ft on Wide open Hill, which also happens to be the halfway point on the walk. The Path is well signposted throughout.

Forest path on the St Cuthbert's Way near St Cuthbert's Cave with tall pine trees blue sky uk walking holiday
Near St Cuthbert’s Cave

Itinerary

  • Day 1   Melrose to Harestanes – 15 miles
  • Day 2   Harestanes to Kirk Yetholm – 17.5 miles
  • Day 3   Kirk Yetholm to Wooler – 12 miles
  • Day 4   Wooler to Fenwick – 11.5 miles
  • Day 5   Fenwick to Holy Island (Lindisfarne) – 6 miles

The most popular direction to do this walk is from West to East (taking advantage of the prevailing wind), but if you would prefer to go from East to West then this can be easily arranged. Both ends of the walk are near train stations at Tweedbank (for Melrose) and Berwick-upon-Tweed (for Holy Island).

Price

The price for a holiday walking St Cuthbert’s Way is £450 per person (based upon 2 people sharing). This includes:

  • Personalised itinerary for walking St Cuthbert’s Way on a self-guided basis over 5 days
  • 6 nights’ bed & breakfast accommodation on a double or twin room basis (this includes B&B for the night before you start and the day you finish)
  • Taxis for drop-off/pick-up where the B&B is not within easy walking distance of the path
  • Baggage transfer for one bag per person between each night’s B&B
  • Advice on travel arrangements to and from the start and finish points
  • Ordnance Survey Explorer maps which can be downloaded onto the OS App
  • Harvey Waterproof Map for St Cuthbert’s Way
  • Standalone Safe Seat Plan Guarantee for each traveller issued by the Travel Trust Association
  • Kit checklist – covering boots & socks, clothes & waterproofs, and other useful kit
  • Helpline – you can call us at any time

Solo traveller price is £570. This is because most B&Bs do not have single rooms and so will charge almost as much for one person as for two.

Key Information:

  • Time of Year: this walk can be done at any time of year, although if you choose to go between November and March then you will have to contend with winter weather conditions and shorter daylight hours. Therefore, we would suggest that the best time to go is between April and October.
  • Terrain: The terrain is moderate for much of the way, but there are some steep climbs and descents in the central section where the path crosses the Cheviot Hills. The walking surfaces are generally good, but can be muddy in places depending upon the time of year.
  • Waymarking: The route is well signposted with The Cuthbert Cross symbol.
  • Bed & Breakfast: We always aim to book good quality B&B accommodation as near as possible to the path. Despite the fact that St Cuthbert’s Way is a popular long-distance walk, there are not a huge number of B&Bs actually on the path itself or within easy walking distance. This means that sometimes the only option is to book B&Bs that are away from the path and arrange pick-up/drop-offs by taxi.
  • Refreshments: Compared with some other routes, this walk is actually quite good for places en route where you can get a cup of coffee (and maybe even a bacon butty or cake!) while not having to deviate from the path. Whether these will be open depends upon the time of year, day of week and time you happen to be passing.

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