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 2017.
What better way to complete St Cuthbert's Way than on this guided walking holiday.
Day 1 - 16th September - Arrive Alnmouth Station or Rothbury Day 2 - 17th September - Melrose to St Boswells - 6 miles/10 km (flat mileage) – 8 miles/11 km (mileage walked)* Day 3 - 18th September - St Boswells to Jedburgh - 9 miles/14.5 km (flat mileage) – 13.5 miles/21.5 km (mileage walked)* Day 4 - 19th September - Jedburgh to Kirk Yetholm - 15 miles/24 km (flat mileage) – 16.5 miles/26.5 km (mileage walked)* Day 5 - 20th September - Kirk Yetholm to Wooler - 13 miles/21 km (flat mileage) – 14 miles/22.5 km (mileage walked)* Day 6 - 21st September - Wooler to Fenwick - 11.5 miles/18.5 km (flat mileage) – 13.5 miles/21.5 km (mileage walked)* Day 7 - 22nd September - Fenwick to Holy Island - 5.5 miles/9 km (flat mileage) – 6 miles/9.5 km (mileage walked)* * The ‘flat mileage’ does not allow for terrain elevation, whereas the ‘mileage walked’ is the actual mileage covered, including changes in elevation.
Day : 1 - Arrive Alnmouth station or Rothbury
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, and staying in Rothbury for your first night. This first evening we will all get together for a meal and talk through the holiday ahead.
Day : 2 - Melrose to St Boswells
6 miles/10 km
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.
Day : 3 - St Boswells to Jedburgh
9 miles/14.5 km
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.
Day : 4 - Jedburgh to Kirk Yetholm
15 miles/24 km
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.
Day : 5 - Kirk Yetholm to Wooler
13 miles/21 km
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.
Day : 6 - Wooler to Fenwick
11.5 miles/18.5 km
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.
Day : 7 - Fenwick to Holy Island
5.5 miles/9 km
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 at all times. (D) Luggage transfers between accommodations. (E) Entry to Melrose Abbey on day 1. (F) Transfer to and from Jedburgh on day 2 and 3. (G) Transfer from and to Fenwick on day 5 and 6. (H) People transfers as listed in the above dossier. (I) 24 hour emergency back-up service.
WHAT THE PRICE EXCLUDES
(A) Any additional transfers not mentioned in the dossiers. (B) Personal clothing and equipment. (C) Insurance (D) Lunch and Evening meals. (E) Single room option (if required, see single supplement) (F) Pick up and drop off at airports.
The Shepherds Walks Representative will :
(A) Meet you on your first evening at your accommodation. (B) Walk with the group every day. (C) Talk you through the route for the trip. (D) Provide you with information along the route. (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!
What type of accommodation will we be staying in - guided trip?
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.
What walking equipment will I need for this trip?
Good quality walking boots/shoes will be needed for the trip and given the normal weather conditions, appropriate outdoor clothing including waterproofs are recommended. More details will be provided in your pre-departure dossier.
Do I need travel insurance?
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.
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. You will also receive hard copies at the Meet and Greet with your Shepherds Walks Holidays representative with exception of the Dales Way, Cumbria Way, Cleveland Way and Isle of Man self-guided for these holidays you will receive your pack by post.
What are the payment terms on the holiday and can I pay the holiday in instalments?
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.
What is a Double, Twin and Single room?
Double – One double bed for two people.
Twin – Two single beds each for one person.
Single – A room with a single bed in.
I see I get 15% off any purchases at Cotswold Outdoor, how and where can I use this?
Shepherds Walks Holidays have negotiated this special discount for you to use.
Four weeks before your departure, when you receive all your holiday info you will also receive full information about how to get 15% discount at Cotswold Outdoor.
This you can use In-store, Online, Click & Collect and Mail Order.