Overview for St Cuthbert’s Way across Scotland and England
St Cuthbert’s Way is a 100-kilometre long-distance trail bridging the national border between Scotland and England. The walk is named after Cuthbert, a 7th-century saint, a native of the Scottish Borders. The route links Melrose Abbey in Scotland, where Cuthbert began his religious life, with his resting place on Lindisfarne (Holy Island) off the coast of Northumberland, England. The St Cuthbert’s Way is one of the most beautiful, varied and enjoyable long-distance walking routes in the UK, and one of Scotland’s designated Great Trails. You will follow a historic pilgrimage trail in the footsteps of generations of walkers. The itinerary is not too demanding, giving you time to explore the many historic sites of interest that are scattered along the route.
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Day 1: Arrive Melrose
Enjoy the historic market town of Melrose, the birthplace of St. Cuthbert himself, in the Scottish Borders area. It is full of interesting places to see, an example of which is St Mary’s Abbey, the partly ruined monastery of the Cisterian order, at the heart of the town. The Priorwood Walled Garden and Trimontium Exhibition are also worth a visit.
- Accommodation: Braidwood House or similar
Day 2: Melrose to St Boswells
Soon after leaving Melrose, you climb into the Eildon Hills with great views on offer as you gain height. From the hills, it is a pleasantly gentle descent through the village of Bowden and then on to the ruins of Dryburgh Abbey, sited on a meander in the River Tweed, and site of Sir Walter Scott’s grave. Then you follow the line of the River Tweed into St Boswell.
- Walking for the day: 7.5 miles / 12 km
- Accommodation: Buccleuch Arms or similar
Day 3: St Boswells to Jedburgh
Starting out today following the River Tweed, you traverse the undulating hills of the Scottish Borders. Soon leaving the banks of the River Tweed behind, you continue along the ancient Roman Road of Dere Street to the village of Harestanes on the River Teviot and then to Jedburgh, a historic market town, where the 12th Century Abbey is well worth a visit.
- Walking for the day: 9 miles / 14.5 km
- Accommodation: Airenlea Inn or similar
Day 4: Jedburgh to Morebattle
From Jedburgh head out to rejoin the St Cuthberts Way, still following Dere Street. There are pleasant views of the Cheviot Hills as you continue on through the border region to Cessford Castle, built in the 15th century by the Ker Clan. The extensive defences were due to the proximity to the English border. Continue on to Morebattle for overnight.
- Walking for the day: 8 miles / 13 km
- Accommodation: Templehall Inn or similar
Day 5: Morebattle to Kirk Yetholm
Shortly after leaving Morebattle, there is a climb and then descent into a valley to cross over the River Kale. Then it is a climb with excellent views back towards Morebattle and the Eildon Hills. The walk continues on towards Yetholm, with a demanding but rewarding climb to the summit of Wideopen Hill. From here there are some great views towards Yetholm form here. Descend towards Kirk Yetholm via the banks of Bowmont Water.
- Walking for the day: 7 miles / 11 km
- Accommodation: The Plough or similar
Day 6: Kirk Yetholm to Wooler
Today is the most challenging day on the route as you continue across the slopes of the wild and remote Cheviot range. Following a short section of the Pennine Way, the route crosses into England from Scotland. Soon you enter the Hethpool Valley, you may see the feral goats which live here and which are free to roam the Cheviots. You then pass the waterfall of Hethpool Linn and Yeavering Bell, a historic base of the Votadini people who lived in this area at the time of the Romans. Shortly after you arrive at Wooler, your stop for the night.
- Walking for the day: 13 miles / 21 km
- Accommodation: Cheviot View or similar
Day 7: Wooler to Fenwick
Today’s walk is a scenic one, with the first section on a stretch of Roman Road known as the ‘Devil’s Causeway’. Leaving the road, you enter St Cuthbert’s Cave Wood which gets the name from a large outcrop of sandstone where the saint’s body is said to have rested after leaving Holy Island. There are wide-ranging views to The Cheviot Hills and to the coastline of Northumberland. Continuing uphill between Greenshaw Hill and Cockenheugh it is then across Middleton Burn to head up Fawcet Hill. From here, you will be able to see Bamburgh, Lindisfarne Castle and The Farne Islands. It is a short step from here to Fenwick for overnight.
- Walking for the day: 11.5 miles / 18.5 km
- Accommodation: Lindisfarne Inn or similar
Day 8: Fenwick to Holy Island
On this final day of walking, you’ll be heading for the Holy Island of Lindisfarne, either via the sands of the Pilgrims Causeway or via the road causeway. Because the island can be cut off at high tide then it is vital tide times are checked for this day as the sands and causeway would be impassable at high tide. Crossing without wading is the safest option and coincides with the middle of the safe tide times. You can check crossing times here. The route ends at Lindisfarne Priory.
- Walking for the day: 5.5 miles / 9 km
- Accommodation: Manor House or similar
Day 9: Departure
Departure or extra nights upon request.
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Accommodations on this tour include a mix of superior 3 and 4-star small hotels and guesthouses. They have been carefully selected for their location, atmosphere, cuisine and/or unique services. All rooms have en-suite or private bathrooms.
*Hotels are subject to availability. In case a particular hotel is fully booked for your desired dates, we will replace it with a hotel of equal or higher value and quality level. We will provide exact accommodation details to you upon booking confirmation.
Breakfast is included on all days. When no restaurant location is available on the route, lunches and snacks should either be bought from local shops, or packed lunch can be pre-ordered from your hotel the night before. You can have dinner at the guesthouse you are staying at or at the village pubs and restaurants.
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The nearest airports are Edinburgh and Newcastle.
Please note that flight information can change rapidly, and not all flights run daily, so do check directly with the airlines’ websites or Skyscanner before finalising any booking with us. Do not book your flights before we have confirmed your booking.
Transfers to/from Airports
We generally recommend using public transport as parking is generally not available in Melrose. Melrose and Jedburgh are both served by National Express as well as Berwick-upon-Tweed. Tweedbank is the main rail station used to connect by bus on to Melrose. Tweedbank station is just an 8-minute bus journey from Melrose. On departure, we recommend taking a taxi to Berwick upon Tweed. You can take a bus, but the timetable is unpredictable due to the tide over the causeway. Once in Berwick upon Tweed, you can travel by train on the east coast mainline.
Please check the Traveline website for timetables.
All hotel to hotel luggage transfers on walking days are included (maximum one piece of 20 kg per person).
A comprehensive and reputable travel insurance policy is essential to your enjoyment and peace of mind while on an active holiday. It is highly recommended when booking with us that all group members have valid travel insurance which includes cover for all activities included in your trip. We have teamed up with World Nomads to offer you adequate cover at a great value from a reputable insurer, and it takes only a few minutes to buy online.
Up-to-date travel advice on the United Kingdom is available here.
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Difficulty Grade: Easy to Moderate
This itinerary is not too demanding, giving you time to explore the many historic sites of interest that are scattered along the route. The trail follows well-maintained footpaths, bridleways, open fields and some minor roads (read more about difficulty grades).
The trail is generally well maintained and is well-marked throughout. A comprehensive guidebook and map are supplied. You can also call our 24/7 local assistance phone number anytime. More detailed info on route navigation will be included in your holiday information pack.
When to Go
This trip is available from April until end-October. The flexibility of self-guided holidays means that there are no fixed dates and you can start your trip on any date during the season. Note that in mid-June each year the Borders Book Festival takes place; the area is very busy and hotel availability is limited, so please avoid booking over these dates if possible.
What to Bring
We recommend that you travel as light as possible – airlines might charge you an extra fee, and during ground transfers, the place might be limited. Ideally, you should bring one piece of luggage weighing no more than 20 kg (to be checked in) and a daily pack (15 – 20 l rucksack) for your everyday essentials (snacks, drinking water, camera, etc.). Below is a non-exclusive list of what you should bring to this trip. More detailed info will be included in your holiday information pack.
- Good hiking boots
- Hiking socks
- Several T-shirts (preferably breathable/fast drying)
- Packable waterproof and windproof jacket with hood
- Synthetic mid layer or warm fleece
- Trainers and/or sandals – to relax and wear inside the accommodation
- Sunglasses, sunscreen and lip salve
- Hat/Baseball cap
- Personal First Aid kit (wet wipes, flu remedies, stomach remedies)
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- 8 nights in twin/double rooms with an en-suite or private bathroom (3 and 4-star hotels and guesthouses as listed in the itinerary)
- 8 breakfasts
- Detailed journey documentation and practical information: personalised trip notes and maps (emailed before departure and a hard copy provided at first hotel; one set per room)
- Luggage transfers from hotel to hotel – up to 20 kg per person
- 24/7 phone assistance by our local office/representative
Single Room & Solo Traveller Supplements
- Supplement applies to members of a group who require a single room (subject to availability)
- This holiday is available for solo travellers; as costs are not shared, there is a solo traveller supplement to the standard price
Other Trip-Related Costs
- Entrance fees for attractions and museums
- Flights and airport transfers
- Travel insurance
- All lunches and dinners
- Personal expenses such as snacks, drinks, phone calls, extra transfers, tips, etc.
- Any items not specifically mentioned as ‘included’ in the programme
Extensions and Optional Extras
- Extra nights along the trail are bookable upon request
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