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.

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  • Town: Wooler, Holy Island
Crookhouse Mill
Self Catering
Wooler
Gloriously rural, Crookhouse Mill is a fantastic barn conversion with breathtaking views over the Northumberland National Park. ...
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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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Crab-Apple Cottage
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Self Catering
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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Wooler
The Black Bull Inn is a 17thC inn standing in the main street of Wooler. It still retains much of its original character and is situated in one of the most picturesque parts of North Northumberland. ...
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Outside Peth Head Cottage
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Wooler
Peth Head Cottage provides high quality accommodation in Wooler, close to Northumberland's coast and castles, National Park and the Scottish Borders. Recently awarded Families Welcome standard. ...
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Hostel
Wooler
Set on the outskirts of the Northumberland National Park and 400 meters away from the picturesque market town of Wooler, this Youth Hostel is the ideal location for individuals, families and groups. S ...
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Bed & Breakfast
Wooler
The Hemmel is a comfortable bed and breakfast in a newly converted barn. The building has been sympathetically converted to a high standard providing comfortable accommodation with modern amenities wh ...
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Firwood
Free to Book
Bed & Breakfast
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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St. Coombs Farmhouse Holy Isla
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Holy Island
Situated actually on Holy Island this spacious detached farmhouse offers great self catering accommodation. Wi-fi, Log burner, Dog friendly. Parking ...
Homildon Cottage
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Wooler
Secluded 1800s cottage bordering National Park, AGA, wood stove, games-room, large hillside garden, recently renovated, sleeps eight. Wooler: 20 minutes walk. ...
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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. ...
Cheviot Villa
Free to Book
Bed & Breakfast
Wooler
Cheviot Villa offers warm and homely accomodation. A stone's throw from the Scottish Borders the beautiful Northumbrian Coast and Hills  ...

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