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Berwickshire Coastal Path - Self Guided

at a glance

Day 1 Arrive into Berwick upon Tweed -
Day 2 Cockburnspath to St Abbs - 13 miles
Day 3 St Abbs to Marshall Meadows, North of Berwick - 9 miles
Day 4 Marshall Meadows to Berwick upon Tweed - 6 miles
Day 5 Departure day -
  • Grade: Grade 2
  • Total Distance - 29 miles
  • Duration: 5 days
  • Place to Place
  • Maps and itinerary provided
  • 4 Nights B&B (Twin Share Basis)
  • Available for solo walkers
  • Luggage transfers
  • Loan of GPS for trip
  • People transfers
  • Emergency back up

Holiday Options

  • Single room supplement - £160.00
  • Pick up from airport (Newcastle) - £120.00
  • Solo Walker supplement - £307 (includes single room supplement) please call to book
  • GPS rental - £25.00

Berwickshire Coastal Path - Self Guided

Stretching for some 29 miles from Cockburnspath in the north down to the English Border and Berwick-upon-Tweed, the Berwickshire Coastal Path provides some superb walking.

The route takes in some dramatic clifftop scenery complete with arches, stacks and crumbling castles. It rounds St Abb's Head, a National Nature Reserve renowned for its birdlife, to reach the attractive fishing village of St Abbs. Several sandy beaches are reached en-route to the town of Eyemouth, before the final stage leads on along the cliffs to cross the Border to Berwick upon Tweed.

Accommodation is in well-appointed bed and breakfasts, inns and small family run hotels. Mouthwatering traditional breakfasts are provided and evening meals can be taken in restaurants or pubs close to the accommodation.

We book all your accommodation, take you to the start point, transfer your luggage and then provide you with maps and an itinerary for you to do the trail unguided.

Self-guided walking holiday along the Berwickshire Coastal Path. Walk this stunning route over 5 days with arrival and departure being from Berwick-upon-Tweed.

Walk the trail at your own pace with this self-guided trip.


Day 1 - Berwick upon Tweed, ovenight stay in Berwick
Day 2 - Cockburnpath to St Abbs - 13.5 miles
Day 3 - St Abbs to Marshall Meadows - 9.5 miles
Day 4 - Marshall Meadows to Berwick upon Tweed - 6 miles
Day 5 - Departure day


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Day 1 Arrive into Berwick upon Tweed -

You will arrive either by car or by train into Berwick upon Tweed, for your first night’s stay. 

Arrival by train is highly recommended as parking is extremely limited in Berwick.

Berwick upon Tweed is the most Northerly town in England and has a turbulent history. It has been a town on both sides of the Border until 1482 when it finally became an English town. However, you will find a strong Scottish influence throughout the town.

It is well worth a walk around the walls of Berwick, built by King Edward I to defend Berwick from Scottish invasion.

Day 2 Cockburnspath to St Abbs - 13 miles

From Berwick upon Tweed you will be transferred to Cockburnspath, the starting point of your walk.

From Cockburnspath to Dowlaw you will see various inlets and harbours, including Cove harbour. The only access to Cove harbour is by a hand hewn tunnel, thought to have been used by smugglers.

From Dowlaw, you can visit the ancient remains of Fast Castle (rebuilt 1522). This castle stands on the cliff edge and would once have only been accessible by drawbridge. Today, you can access the remains by a concrete path!

The latter section of today’s walk follows the cliff tops to St Abbs, offering you stunning views of the coastline and the chance to see Kittewakes, puffins, oystercatchers, guillemots and curlews.

Day 3 St Abbs to Marshall Meadows, North of Berwick - 9 miles

Today you will walk from your accommodation in St Abbs to Marshall Meadows, after passing through the fishing port of Eyemouth. Eyemouth itself is the largest town in Berwickshire, boasting a fishing boat harbour, sandy beach and many cafes and restaurants. It makes for a great lunch stop!

From Eyemouth you return to the rugged cliffs and sandy bays as you continue along the coastal trail. Watch out for roe deer as you walk.

You cross the border from Scotland back into England and stay in the region of Marshall Meadows, the most northerly point in England.

Day 4 Marshall Meadows to Berwick upon Tweed - 6 miles

After a hearty breakfast you begin your last day of walking. Today is only a short distance to Berwick upon Tweed.

As you continue along the cliff top path you will eventually see the impressive Needles Eye, a natural archway formed in the rugged cliff edge. You eventually reach the Magdalene Fields golf course and see your first glimpse of the impressive Berwick town walls. You continue on to The Chandley, were fine views of the three bridges can be seen and your walks ends.

Day 5 Departure day -

Today, you begin your onward journey!



(A) Bed and Breakfast accommodation (twin or double share basis).
(B) Route map and instructions specific to your trip, including emergency contact numbers.
(C) Luggage transfers between accommodations.
(D) Transfer to Cockburnpath at the beginning of your trip (including luggage transfer)
(E) Emergency back-up service from Shepherds Walks Holidays mobile telephone number.


(A) Any additional transfers not mentioned in the dossiers
(B) Cost of parking your car for the duration of your trip 
(C) Personal clothing and equipment.
(D) Insurance
(E) Lunch and Evening meals.
(F) Single room option (if required, see single supplement).
(G) Pick up and drop off at airports.
(H) Other entrance fees into attractions and public transport costs not mentioned above.


The Shepherds Walks Representative will :

A) Be available should you have any problems during your trip
D) Arrange the transportation of your luggage.
E) Provide transfers as necessary to your car / station if specified in your booking or itinerary.


We are here to offer you the best holiday you could ever imagine and we aim to do this through the personal service that we offer.

Make your holiday run smoothly – We are here for you. Our sole objective is for us to help you. We are here at any stage of your holiday and even in the planning stages. We tailor things to your requirements, not those of the masses.

We don’t cut corners - We want to see you again and want you to speak highly of Shepherds Walks Holidays. This is why we are literally willing to go that extra mile. The information you receive at every stage will be clear and leave you asking no questions.

We have personally walked all the trips we offer - We know exactly what you are going to embark on and can advise you on any aspects of your holiday over and well above what many of our competitors can.

Press choose to walk with us – Shepherds Walks Holidays are asked to deliver a very high percentage of the trips for journalists in the region. When the Tourist Boards are approached by a journalist wanting to visit the area who do they ask to provide their holiday or take them out walking? Shepherds Walks.

We have had press trips on all our routes and the articles speak for themselves.

Protected Holiday - All our holidays are protected through the operation of a Trust Account.

We are close at hand if you need us – We are a local business and if you need us at any time during your holiday just ask. If you are on a self guided trip we often will catch up with you, even over a drink one evening, just to make sure everything is going well. It’s better to iron out any little problems during your holiday, rather than hearing about them when you are back at home.

We enjoy great relationships with your accommodation providers and they will help us to help you

As we are literally on the doorstep we know the best places to stay. Often we will have block booked the best accommodation the previous year. We want our customers to stay in the best possible accommodation. As we know the proprietors personally and we liaise with them regularly they will go that extra mile to help us to help you whilst out on your route.

That is why Shepherds Walks has won awards and has helped people relax and totally enjoy their visit to this wonderful part of the country. We are willing to go that extra mile!

Where will we get our lunch from on the days we are walking?

We will go through all this at the start of your holiday during the 'meet and greet' but rest assured you will also be getting an info pack with places you can stop at each day for lunches.

If there is no places to stop at on any particular day we reccomend you speak to your accomodation provider and they will make you a packed lunch.

Do you move our bags for us on our walking holiday?

Yes, we move your bags for you everyday. You just leave your main bag at your accommodation and we will move it for you, so it will be at your next nights accommodation waiting for you.

You just carry your day pack.

Your baggage allowance for the trip is one main piece of luggage which should be preferably either a backpack/rucksack or sports bag, and one small daypack. Try to travel as light as possible. It is best to avoid large solid hardtop suitcases as these cause difficulties on transfer vehicles etc.

The larger piece of luggage will travel on the vehicle between accommodations and the daypack should be suitable for carrying any additional outer-layer clothing and items you will need on your walk during the day. As a general rule, we would recommend that your main piece of luggage shouldn't weigh more than 15 - 20 kilos.

Do you provide maps and a guidebook of the trail?

Yes we do, we provide the Harvey Map for this route and also more detailed maps to guide you to your accommodation each night. You also will receive detailed trip notes that we have compiled which has everything you need in it to really help you make a great walk into a holiday of a lifetime.

Once I have booked when will I receive the final holiday info?

You will receive all your final walk info by email approximately four weeks prior to departure. A hard copy of your holiday pack will be posted to you the following day, including your map, giving you plenty of time to go through all of the information before your departure. Anything you are not sure about, we are only a phonecall or email away! 

What is a Double, Twin and Single room?

Room descriptions

Double – One double bed for two people.

Twin – Two single beds each for one person.

Single – A room with a single bed in.

From Berwick to Dunbar

Wednesday 11th April 2018 andrew johnson

I am a great fan of coastal walks and of Shepherds. The variety this walk provided will be a lasting memory. The organisation, accommodation and support were excellent, all I have come to expect. This was my second Shepherds walk another is planned for July. I believe it is not what it costs its what you get for your money.

A very big thank you

Tuesday 6th December 2016 Jack and Dawn Connerley

A very big thank you for making a great holiday. Being met on our first evening was a real bonus, something we had never experienced on a walking holiday before. it was great for Jon to go through everything with us in person. Top class!

We walked this route last year

Wednesday 27th January 2016 Karen McBrown

We walked this section of the coast last year and added it onto our walk up the Northumberland Coastal Path (just added 3 days on).It is a stunning section of the coast but be warned there area few climbs, but very much worth it.We did not see another person along the route which made a good holiday great.

Berwickshire Coastal Path - Self Guided photo's

I am a great fan of coastal walks and of Shepherds. The variety this walk provided will be a lasting memory. The organisation, accommodation and support were excellent, all I have come to expect. This was my second Shepherds walk another is planned for July. I believe it is not what it costs its what you get for your money.

11th Apr 2018 - andrew johnson

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