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A 100km (62.5 mile) long distance walking route across the Scottish Borders to the Northumberland Coast.

Route Acknowledgement.
"The St Cuthbert's Way route has been developed as a partnership between the Scottish BorderWalks Project and Till Valley Tourism Initiative. Scottish BorderWalks was supported by Scottish Borders Enterprise, Scottish Natural Heritage, Scottish Borders Council and the Scottish Borders Tourist Board. Till Valley Tourism Initiative was supported by Northumberland County Council, Northumberland National Park, Northumbria Tourist Board, the Rural Development Commission and Berwick-upon-Tweed Borough Council. The support of all these organisations and their successors is gratefully acknowledged in terms of the route development and ongoing maintenance".

Route Map

This long distance walking route is generally divided into four separate day walks, and for this guide the walk is described from Melrose to Lindisfarne. It can equally well be walked from East to West but the west to east option is being described as it is the most popular walking option and it tracks the chronological sequence of the Saint from his earlier association with Melrose to his later life on the Holy Island.

Recognising that not all walkers wish to undertake the route in just four days, it is also quite commonly divided into 5 or even 6 days, this providing stopping points at places such as Maxton, Cessford, Morebattle, Hethpool, East Horton and Fenwick. The Fenwick stop often being required for reason of tidal times on the causeway to The Holy Island.

By clicking on the appropriate section of the route as shown above more information will be provided, or select each section by clicking on the drop down menu above.

The final stage of the walk is across a causeway which is subject to closure due to the tides. You can obtain safe crossing times from the Tourist Information Offices in Northumberland (telephone number 01289 330733) or by clicking here you can hyperlink to on-line crossing time information. Alternatively e-mail I-Net Support (website designers) where you can request details of the safe crossing times for a specific date to be sent to you by return e-mail.

When planning for a successful walk there is a host of information on transport, weather, communications safety etc. that need to be considered. Click now to access the Planning Information page.

If you are walking this route as a pilgrim or a spiritul seeker then you may be interested in accessing material developed by "The Community of Aidan and Hilda" and entitled "St Cuthbert's Way - Pilgrim Prayers and Songs".
This can be accessed by clicking on this LINK. As this downloadable resource has a recommended retail price (RRP) of 1 but can be downloaded at no charge from this website, we would ask you to link to the Aidan & Hilda Community website and make an appropriate on line donation to their charitable work.

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