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|Day 1||Arrive Alnmouth station or Rothbury -|
|Day 2||Melrose to St Boswells - 6 miles/10 km|
|Day 3||St Boswells to Jedburgh - 10.5 miles/17 km|
|Day 4||Jedburgh to Kirk Yetholm - 15 miles/24 km|
|Day 5||Kirk Yetholm to Wooler - 13 miles/21 km|
|Day 6||Wooler to Fenwick - 11.5 miles/18.5 km|
|Day 7||Fenwick to Holy Island - 5.5 miles/9 km|
St Cuthbert's Way - Guided - May 2022 - Only 1 room available
Opened in 1996 St Cuthbert's Way is a 60 mile walk that has quickly gained a reputation as one of Britain's most enjoyable long-distance walks, following key historical sites that are closely connected with St Cuthbert and his life. St Cuthbert became one of the most important medieval saints of England and is regarded as the patron saint of Northumbria.
The route of St Cuthbert's Way, which includes low level stretches along riverside paths and in the Northumberland coastal area as well as more strenuous stretches across the Eildon Hills and through the Cheviot Hills, starts at the historic Scottish Borders town of Melrose, where St Cuthbert is said to have started his ministry and his life of religious devotion, and finishes at Holy Island otherwise known as Lindisfarne, where he ended his days.
This truly is a fantastic trail, passing from Scotland into England through some very varied landscapes full of historical interest and natural beauty from beautiful small border villages and historic towns to the rugged splendour of the Cheviot hills. You are treated to some of the best walking in Britain as you climb up over the Border ridge and drop down into England.
Accommodation is in well appointed bed and breakfasts, inns and small family run hotels. 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 guide you throughout the guided walking holiday.
Quality guided walking holiday along St Cuthbert's Way. Walk the complete trail over 7 days with a guide on this group trip in September 2019.
What better way to complete St Cuthbert's Way than on this guided walking holiday.
Day 1 - 30th April - Arrive Alnmouth Station or Rothbury
Day 2 - 1st May - Melrose to St Boswells - 6 miles/10 km
Day 3 - 2nd May - St Boswells to Jedburgh - 10.5 miles/ 17 km
Day 4 - 3rd May - Jedburgh to Kirk Yetholm - 15 miles/24 km
Day 5 - 4th May - Kirk Yetholm to Wooler - 13 miles/21 km
Day 6 - 5th May - Wooler to Fenwick - 11.5 miles/18.5 km
Day 7 - 6th May - Fenwick to Holy Island - 5.5 miles/9 km
If you arrive by train, we can arrange to pick you up from Alnmouth station and take you to Rothbury, for your first nights’ accommodation. See supplement above.
If you arrive by car, you can go directly to Rothbury and leave your car there for the duration of your holiday for free.
Today we will pick you up from Rothbury and transfer you to Melrose.
You will be guided from Melrose, where St Cuthbert started his ministry. A nice start to your holiday with a gentle walk through the Eildon Hills to St Boswell, a village just 6 miles east of Melrose.
Your first place on the trail today will be Maxton, the place where March Days took place during the 14th century, to discuss cross-border quarrels. You will also visit Lilliard’s Stone.
Tonight you will be staying in or near Jedburgh, a short distance from the trail.
After a night in the historic town of Jedburgh you will take-in the highest point of St Cuthbert’s Way, Wideopen Hill, which is also the half-way point of the walk.
In the evening you will be staying in or near the village of Kirk Yetholm, which is about 1 mile from the English border.
Today you will guided through the Cheviots, passing over the English/Scottish border, before dropping down into Hethpool, in the College Valley. Nestled in the Cheviot Hills, this secluded and peaceful spot is one of the most tranquil, yet dramatic valleys in Northumberland National Park.
From Hethpool, you will make your way to Wooler, which is where you will be spending the night.
This stone-built town is located on the edge of Northumberland National Park. Wooler is at the foot of the Cheviot Hills and is known for its wool from its Cheviot sheep, which were farmed locally.
This small town has a reputation for friendliness, making it a great place to stay for the night.
On today’s walk you will stop at St Cuthbert's Cave, a large natural sandstone outcrop, where the saint's body is said to have rested after leaving Holy Island in 875AD when Vikings attacked Lindisfarne, forcing the monks to flee.
From the cave, you can see splendid views of the Cheviot Hills and the Northumberland coastline.
A beautiful section of the walk.
After a hearty breakfast, you will walk across either the sands on the Pilgrims Causeway or alternatively you can walk the causeway over to Holy Island, which can only be crossed when the tide allows. We will check the tide times for you for this last days walking.
We will then pick you up from Holy Island and transfer you back to Alnmouth to catch train home or to Rothbury to collect your car. If you don't fancy the journey home after a long day's walk, then we can add an extra night's accommodation (not included in price) in Alnmouth or Rothbury.
WHAT THE PRICE INCLUDES
(A) Bed and breakfast accommodation (twin or double share basis).
(B) Pack lunches.
(C) Fully qualified walking guide accompanying the group every day.
(D) Luggage transfers between accommodations.
(E) People transfers as listed in the above dossier.
(F) Entry into Melrose Abbey on day 1.
(G) Transfer to and from Jedburgh on day 2 and 3.
(H) Emergency back-up service from Shepherds Walks Holidays mobile telephone number .
(I) Harveys Waterproof map.
WHAT THE PRICE EXCLUDES
(A) Any additional transfers not mentioned in the dossiers.
(B) Personal clothing and equipment.
(D) Evening meals.
(E) Single room option (if required, see supplement price).
(F) Pick up and drop off at airport.
(G) Other Entrance fees into attractions & public transport costs not mentioned.
The Shepherds Walks Representative will:
(A) Meet you on your first evening/morning at your accommodation.
(B) Walk with the group every day.
(C) Will talk you through the route for the trip.
(D) Provide you with information relating to events in the area during your time there.
(E) Be available should you have any problems during your trip
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!
The accommodation on the tours are in Inns, family-run hotels, and Bed and Breakfasts. We endeavour to provide en-suite accommodation, but this cannot always be guaranteed. Single occupancy is available subject to confirmation and availability. However, if you are prepared to share a twin room with a like minded person, then the single occupancy supplement does not have to be paid.
If you are coming to the UK from overseas it is a condition of our tours that you are covered by medical and personal travel insurance that includes repatriation to your home country. If you are a UK resident medical and personal travel insurance is also recommended. If you have not organised appropriate insurance yet, please do so before you travel.
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!
A deposit is due at the time of booking and the remainder is due 6 weeks before departure date, but don’t worry we will send you a reminder 2 weeks before this is due.
If you want to pay your holiday off in instalments that’s not a problem. Once you have booked you can log into your ‘members section’ at any time and see you holiday details including the amount still due. At any time (either online in the members section) or over the phone you can pay off any amount of our holiday and see the balance due reduce.
Many of our customers really like this control of being able to pay off an amount off their holiday every month.
The choice is yours.
Breakfast and packed lunches are provided.
A delightful week's walking amidst wonderfully varied scenery (riverside, farmland, moorland, sand/beach/coastal) with a friendly group and a great guide.
Mark was very personable, with a warm manner, and he led us very professionally with a light touch, and was considerate when a couple of people had to skip a day for various medical reasons.
He was very good at keeping us going!
The accommodation was very good on the whole, although it was clear that lack of staff was a major issue at some places: the inn at Rothbury was struggling in this way (and wasn't too good on the gluten-free front) but the B&B at Jedburgh was amazing, up with the outstanding B&B on Hadrian's Wall.
Food was a bit pub-by but fine, and packed lunches were fine too, though personally I preferred Debbie's lunches on Hadrian's Wall. I have recommended this walk to my friends.
Mark’s working life was primarily in the financial sector but since then his passion has been walking and trekking and he has been active with Shepherds Walks since 2015.
Together with his wife, Wendy, Mark has been fortunate to have been able to complete several long distance U.K. walks – Pennine Way, Northumberland Coastal Path, Dales Way, Coast to Coast, St Cuthberts Way – and has also trekked in Iceland, Kenya, Tanzania and Nepal.
His favourite place is The Cheviot Hills, an area he knows well and walks there as often as possible.
Mark guides a number of Shepherds Walks holidays along St Cuthbert's Way, Yorkshire Dales Three Peaks and the Herriot Way.