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Tony Robinson on his 4 day walk along St Cuthbert's Way.

5th Apr 2016 by Jon Monks

This superb ducumentry follows Tony Robinson on his 4 day walk along St Cuthbert's Way.

He looks into Northumberland and the mysterious heart of the Dark Ages, to a time when the huge Kingdom of Northumbria was being torn apart, by internal strife and wars with rival kingdoms.

In the middle of this turmoil, a small group of radical Irish monks persuaded the largest kingdom of pagans in the country to put down their swords and become Christians. The charismatic figure at the centre of this mission, who later became a saint, wasn't Irish but a Briton named Cuthbert.

Day 1

Begins at Melrose Abbey and follows St Cuthbert's Way, through the Eildon Hills and along the River Tweed to St Boswells, uncovering the early religious life of St Cuthbert and the Celtic monks who came to this area. It's also possible to take a detour to Bemersyde Hill for a spectacular view over Cuthbert's early stomping ground.

Melrose to St Boswells, via The Eildon Hills and The River Tweed

Distance: 8.5 miles

Distance with the detour to Bemersyde Hill: 11.5 miles

Day 2

Ancrum and Kirk Yetholm to find out more about how the early Christian evangelists drummed up support from the native pagans of this land.

St Boswells to Kirk Yetholm, via Maxton and Ancrum

Distance: 24 miles

Day 3

St Cuthbert's Cave Takes us to one of the most important Anglo-Saxon sites on St Cuthbert's Way, before heading to Bamburgh, the royal seat of the kings of Northumbria, and the house of 7th century power.

Kirk Yetholm to Bamburgh, via Yeavering and St Cuthbert's Cave

Distance: 27 miles

Day 4

Lindisfarne Causeway The final day's hike takes us to the Holy Island, avoiding treacherous seas on the Pilgrims Path to Cuthbert's spiritual headquarters and the island of his final years, Lindisfarne.

Bamburgh to Lindisfarne

Distance: 16 miles

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