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.
Although waymarked throughout with the St Cuthbert's Cross symbol, a reasonable level of fitness and navigational skill is needed especially in poor weather conditions.
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 then provide you with maps and an itinerary for you to do the trails self guided.
Quality self-guided walking holiday along the highlights of St Cuthbert's Way. Walk the best section of the trail over 7 days on this self guided trip.
Enjoy the best section of St Cuthbert's Way at your own pace with this self guided trip.
Day 1 - Arrive Kirk Yetholm Day 2 - Kirk Yetholm to Hethpool - 5 miles (8 km) Day 3 - Hethpool to Wooler - 7 miles (11 km) Day 4 - Wooler to Horton - 5 miles (8 km) Day 5 - Horton to Fenwick - 6 miles (9.5 km) Day 6 - Fenwick to Holy Island - 7.5 miles (12km) Day 7 - Transfer back to Kirk Yethom or station.
Day : 1 - Arrive in Kirk Yetholm
Arrive into Kirk Yetholm Overnight stay in Kirk Yetholm. If you are coming by car you can leave car here for duration of trip.
Day : 2 - Kirk Yetholm to Hethpool
5 miles (8 kilometres)
Today you will climb up over the Cheviots, passing over the English/Scottish border before 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.
Day : 3 - Hethpool to Wooler
7 miles (11 kilometres)
From Hethpool you head out 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 was 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 stop for the night.
Day : 4 - Wooler to Horton
5 miles (8 kilometres)
This is a lovely days walk as you gradually climb out of Wooler before dropping down to Horton.
Day : 5 - Horton to Fenwick
6 miles (9.5 kilometres)
On todays walk you will reach St Cuthbert's Cave, a large 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.
Day : 6 - Fenwick to Holy Island
5.5 miles/9 km (flat mileage) – 6 miles/9.5 km (mileage walked)
After a hearty breakfast you will walk to Holy Island, crossing the sands on the Pilgrims Causeway or alternatively you can walk the causeway over to Holy Island. We will check the tide times for you, for this last days walking.
Over night stay on Holy Island.
Day : 7 - Departure Day
Transfer back to Kirk Yetholm
We will then pick you up from Holy Island and transfer you back to your car at Kirk Yetholm or station.
WHAT THE PRICE INCLUDES
(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 accommodation. (D) Meet and greet by a Shepherds Walks representative at the beginning and end of trip. (E) Transfers at the beginning and end of the walk as mentioned in the itinerary. (F) 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. (F) Pick up and drop off at airports.
The Shepherds Walks Representative will:
A) Meet you on your on you arrival. B) Provide you with maps and talk you through the route for the trip. C) Provide you with information relating to events in the area during your time there. D) Arrange the transportation of your luggage. E) Be available should you have any problems during your trip F) Meet you on your departure day and 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!
We are thinking of a self guided trip, what happens if we need to speak with you during our holiday.
Before your holiday starts we will give you a 24 hour helpline number for us here at Shepherds Walks Holidays. If there is anything we can help you with during your holiday just give us a call and we can sort it out for you.
We would rather sort any problems out during a trip and then you can get on and enjoy yourself rather than finding out there has been a problem at the end when it is to late.
Don't forget we are here to give you the best holiday experience we can.
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. 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.
Can I add an rest day into my walking holiday?
Yes you can at any point, just get in touch and we can discuss the best options for this trip.
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.
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.
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.