Walking St Cuthbert's Way
Melrose and Jedburgh to Holy Island
This guidebook describes the long-distance trail of St Cuthbert's Way through Northumberland and the Borders. The route starts in Melrose and travels 100km (62 miles) through the Northumberland National Park to Holy Island. It also includes a description of the route from Holy Island up the coast to Berwick-upon-Tweed.
SeasonsSpring, summer, autumn, with temperatures at their highest in July; late autumn for birdlife; expect snow on higher ground in winter
CentresMelrose, Jedburgh, Kirk Yetholm, Wooler, Holy Island (Lindisfarne), Berwick-Upon-Tweed
DifficultyThere are no special difficulties to encounter when walking St Cuthbert’s Way, though a reasonable level of fitness is assumed. Keep an eye on weather forecasts when crossing the Cheviots. Crossing to Holy Island must be timed to coincide with low tide.
Must SeeHoly Island (Lindisfarne), Lindisfarne Castle and Priory, Northumberland Coast AONB, Melrose Abbey, Jedburgh Abbey, the Cheviots, Northumberland National Park, Eildon Hills, River Tweed, Kirk Yetholm, Wideopen Hill, College Valley, Yeavering Bell, St Cuthbert’s Cave, Scottish Borders
This guide describes the long-distance St Cuthbert's Way through the unspoilt scenery of Northumberland and the Borders. The 100km (62 mile) route begins at Melrose and crosses the rugged crags and heather moorland of the Cheviot Hills, passing through Northumberland National Park to the atmospheric Lindisfarne (Holy Island). It can be walked within a week, although there is scope for shortening or lengthening the stages to suit different itineraries. Includes an option to continue to Berwick-upon-Tweed on the final stage of the Northumberland Coast Path. 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.
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