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. St Cuthbert became one of the most important medieval saints of England and is regarded as the patron saint of Northumbria and the inspiration behind the famous Lindisfarne Gospels.
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.
Quality self-guided walking holiday along St Cuthbert's Way.
What better way to complete St Cuthbert's Way than by walking the trail at your own pace with this self guided trip.
Day 1 - Arrive Rothbury Day 2 - Melrose to St Boswells - 6 m (10 km) Day 3 - St Boswells to Jedburgh - 10.5 (17 km) Day 4 - Jedburgh to Kirk Yetholm - 15m (24km) Day 5 - Kirk Yetholm to Wooler - 13 m (21km) Day 6 - Wooler to Fenwick - 11.5 m (18.5 km) Day 7 - Fenwick to Holy Island - 5.5m (9 km)
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.
Day : 2 - Melrose St Boswells
7 miles (12 kilometres)
Today we will pick you up from Rothbury and transfer you to Melrose.
You will start your walk from Melrose, where St Cuthbert was born and started his ministry. A nice start to your holiday with a gentle walk to St Boswell, a village just 7 ½ miles east of Melrose.
Day : 3 - St Boswells to Jedburgh
10.5 miles/17 km (this is to Jedfoot bridge, the walk from this point to your accommodation in Jedburgh will be between 2-2.5 miles extra).
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 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.
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 : 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.
Wonderful holiday - St Cuthberts Way
18th May 2015Don and Diane, Illinois
Diane and I completed our walking holiday of St. Cuthberts Way in May, 2015. Thank you for a wonderful experience. We enjoyed the change of scenery each day; the beauty of Melrose Abbey, the quant villages along the way, the remoteness of the Cheviots, and the walk to Lindisfarne while the tide was out. Each day of the walk was different.
The accommodations provided by Shepherds Walk were outstanding. Each hotel and bed and breakfast we stayed at was unique and comfortable. The proprietors of each establishment were all very friendly and totally put us at ease.
Tanks again for putting together a wonderful holiday for us, this time on St Cuthbert’s Way.
We would recommend Shepherds Walks Holidays
25th Sep 2015S Mason
We are trying to interest some friends in a walking holiday in the UK. Of course, we will be recommending Shepherds Walk Holidays as we had such a great walking holiday on St Cuthbert's Way.
St. Cuthberts Way is a delightful walk
11th Apr 2016 Elaine, Harry & Basil (the dog)
The St. Cuthberts Way is a delightful walk incorporating the Border Regions great variety of landscapes.
We set off from the beautiful town of Melrose having been transported by the Shepherds team to the start of the walk. In good weather and on dry paths we made our way across the lovely Scottish countryside to our excellent overnight accommodation.
This pattern was continued over six nights to our destination at Lindisfarne. We thoroughly enjoyed our well organised holiday and appreciated being looked after by the Shepherds Team.
We recommend this holiday, we had so much enjoyment walking in the countryside during the day and pleasant evenings at the accommodation.
Thanks to you all, Elaine, Harry & Basil (the dog).
St Cuthbert's Way - loved it
30th Sep 2016 Sarah
Really enjoyed the variety of scenery. It was the first long distance walk that we had done and it fitted the bill perfectly.
St. Cuthberts Way
31st Jul 2017 David & Mary Bolster
This is an excellent walk. Each mile is varied, each day is different. Melrose, Dryburgh and Jedburgh Abbeys enhance the walk. Lindisfarne is a wonderful and rich ending to the walk, and well worth an extra night before returning home. Thanks to Shepherds walks which made it easy.
11th Aug 2017 Andrew Travis
Thank you for a really enjoyable walking holiday. All went very smoothly, and the accommodation ranged from very good to excellent. The borders region is a unique part of Britain and long may it remain so. It felt a bit like a pilgrimage - St Cuthbert was never very far away - and it was very satisfying to reach Lindisfarne Priory in its peaceful setting. I am sure we will be back with Shepherds Walks again before too long.
St Cuthberts Way
16th Jul 2018Geoff Hartley
My wife Carol and I have just completed the St Cuthbert's Way with Shepherds Walks, we cannot put into words how wonderful the experience was. The accommodations along the way were top class with the added personal touch from the proprietors of the B and Bs and hotels.Most importantly the personal touch from Jon and his team from Shepherds Walks is marvellous and something that is missing from modern day Tour companies.A simply fantastic experience, with a reassuring personal touch, thank you Shepherds Walks
The St Cuthbert’s Way: a wonderful experience
4th Jul 2019 Pam and Stephen Turner
This was another excellent holiday with Shepherds Walks. We thoroughly enjoyed walking the St Cuthbert’s Way in June 2019 through a wide variety of landscapes in perfect weather. The highlight was walking across the sands, barefoot on the Pilgrim’s Trail to finish at Holy Island. The holiday was expertly organised. Jackie fulfilled our particular requirements for accommodation and it was good to meet Jon again for our briefing before the start of our walk. We would thoroughly recommend Shepherds Walks and look forward to booking another holiday with the team again.
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) Transfer to Melrose at the beginning of your trip (including luggage transfer). (F) End transfer from Holy Island back to Rothbury or Alnmouth train station as necessary. (G) 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 / morning at your accommodation. (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 departure day to 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.
Will we get picked up on the last days walking?
Yes a Shepherds Walks representative will pick you up and transfer you to the railway station or to your hotel if you requested an extra nights accommodation.
What type of accommodation will we be staying in - self guided trip
The accommodation on the tours are in Inns, family-run hotels, and Bed and Breakfasts. We endeavour to provide en-suite accommodation.
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 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.
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.