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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.


Spring, summer, autumn, with temperatures at their highest in July; late autumn for birdlife; expect snow on higher ground in winter


Melrose, Jedburgh, Kirk Yetholm, Wooler, Holy Island (Lindisfarne), Berwick-Upon-Tweed


There 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 See

Holy 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
25 Sept 2023
17.20 x 11.60 x .80cm

A guidebook to walking the 100 km (62 miles) St Cuthbert’s Way from Melrose to Holy Island with the option of continuing to Berwick-Upon-Tweed down the Northumberland Coast Path.

The route is described through six stages of between 12 and 32 km (7-20 miles) each day and takes around one week to complete. The route weaves a path across the Eildon Hills, the Cheviots, the Tweed Valley, part of the Northumberland National Park, as well as the Northumberland Coast AONB, linking several sites associated with the life of St Cuthbert.

  • Detailed route descriptions and clear, step-by-step instructions are accompanied by 1:50,000 OS mapping
  • Key information on transport links and accommodation options 
  • Notes on the history of the area plus recommended further reading
  • Scope for varying the itinerary to suit your needs 
  • Features useful contact information and terminology guide 

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Rudolf Abraham Cicerone author ABRAH

By Rudolf Abraham

Rudolf Abraham ( is an award-winning travel writer and photographer specialising in Central and Southeastern Europe. He is the author of 14 books, and his work is published widely in magazines.  

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