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Walking St Oswald's Way and St Cuthbert's Way with a Cicerone guidebook

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5 Jul 2016
17.2 x 11.6 x 1.2cm
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St Oswald's Way and St Cuthbert's Way

With the Northumberland Coast Path

by Rudolf Abraham
Book published by Cicerone Press

This guidebook describes two long-distance trails through Northumberland and the Borders. St Oswald's Way runs 97 miles from Heavenfield near Hadrian's Wall. St Cuthbert's Way is 62 miles from Melrose. Both routes pass through Northumberland National Park and follow part of the Northumberland Coast Path to meet at Holy Island.

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This guide describes two long-distance trails through the unspoilt scenery of Northumberland and the Borders. St Oswald's Way begins at Heavenfield and its 97 miles take in rolling farmland and the Simonside Hills before reaching the vast sandy beaches of the coast. The 62 mile St Cuthbert's Way begins at Melrose and crosses the rugged crags and heather moorland of the Cheviot Hills. Both trails pass through Northumberland National Park to converge on atmospheric Holy Island, before continuing up the coast to Berwick-upon-Tweed. Each can be walked within a week, though there is scope for  shortening or lengthening the stages to suit different itineraries. Also shown is the 64 mile the Northumberland Coast Path from Cresswell to Berwick, which covers the entire length of the Northumberland Coast AONB. The guidebook is crammed with interesting snippets of information, alongside indispensable practical details of transport and accommodation in the area. With varied scenery and a rich history encompassing spectacular castles, medieval abbeys and Roman remains, this is one of Britain's most beautiful corners to explore on foot.

  • Activities
  • Seasons
    Spring, summer and autumn; late autumn for birdlife; expect snow on higher ground in winter
  • Centres
    Holy Island (Lindisfarne), Bamburgh, Craster, Cresswell, Berwick-Upon-Tweed, Rothbury, Heavenfield, Melrose, Wooler
  • Difficulty
    No special difficulties to encounter on the routes in this guide, though a reasonable level of fitness is assumed. Some of the stages as described are fairly long, though they can be broken down into shorter sections. Crossing to Holy Island must be timed to coincide with low tide
  • Must See
    Holy Island, Lindisfarne Priory and Castle, Northumberland Coast AONB, Northumberland National Park, Lindisfarne National Nature Reserve, Bamburgh Castle, Cheswick Sands, Melrose Abbey, Rothbury, Simonside Hills, Coquetdale, Hadrian's Wall, Cheviot Hills, Farne Islands, Dunstanburgh Castle, St Cuthbert's Cave, Druridge Bay, Yeavering Bell
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Wildlife and plants
Northumberland National Park
Northumberland Coast AONB
Eildon and Leaderfoot NSA
History and heritage
About the routes
When to go
What to take
Waymarking and access
Hill and coastal safety
Using this guide
St Oswald’s Way
Stage 1 Heavenfield to Kirkwhelpington
Stage 2 Kirkwhelpington to Rothbury
Stage 3 Rothbury to Warkworth
Stage 5 Craster to Bamburgh
Stage 6 Bamburgh to West Mains
Stage 8 Holy Island to Berwick-upon-Tweed
Northumberland Coast Path
Stage 1 Cresswell to Warkworth
(To complete the Northumberland Coast Path follow St Oswald’s Way Stages 4–8)
St Cuthbert’s Way
Stage 1 Melrose to Jedburgh
Stage 2 Jedburgh to Kirk Yetholm
Stage 3 Kirk Yetholm to Wooler
Stage 4 Wooler to West Mains
(To complete St Cuthbert’s Way follow St Oswald’s Way Stages 7–8)
Appendix A Route summary table
Appendix B Glossary and pronunciation
Appendix C Accommodation
Appendix D Useful contacts
Appendix E Further reading
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