St Cuthbert's Way

St Cuthbert's Way Route

This is our suggested St Cuthbert's Way route. Click on Itineraries & Prices for various route options.

Day 1:
Travel to Melrose and spend the evening at your first nights’ accommodation in this lovely market town.

Day 2: Melrose to Harestanes
(15.5 miles / 25 km)
The St Cuthbert’s Way leaves Melrose and heads between the distinctive peaks of The Eildon Hills providing panoramic views over the Tweed Valley. After following the banks of the River Tweed past the picturesque ruin of Dryburgh Abbey and the site of Sir Walter Scott’s grave, leave the river and follow the old Roman ‘road' of Dere Street towards Harestanes. Your accommodation is a short walk away in the small village of Ancrum.

Day 3: Harestanes to Morebattle
(10 miles / 16 km)
From Harestanes the route re-joins Dere Street for a few miles before passing Cessford Castle, an imposing fortified tower built in the 15th Century by the Ker Clan, before reaching the Borders village of Morebattle.

Day 4: Morebattle to Kirk Yetholm (6.5 miles / 11 km)
From Morebattle the St Cuthbert's Way route ascends steeply to Wideopen Hill where you will enjoy fabulous views of the beautiful Borders countryside. The route continues and descends to Kirk Yetholm which is also the end of the Pennine Way, a route which runs for 270 miles through the spine of England.

Day 5: Kirk Yetholm to Wooler (13 miles / 21 km)
Soon after Kirk Yetholm you cross the border into England. The terrain becomes hillier with wonderful scenery as you cross the wild and remote Cheviot Hills and the College Valley at Hethpool. The walk passes between the summits of Easter Tor and Yeavering Bell before climbing over Coldberry Hill and descending to the small market town of Wooler.

Day 6: Wooler to Fenwick
(11.5 miles / 19 km)
The Way leaves Wooler and heads over Weetwood Moor. Further on you reach St Cuthbert's Cave, a dramatic sandstone overhang where the monk’s body was brought for safety in AD875, to escape from the Viking raids on Lindisfarne.

There are magnificent views of the coastline, including Holy Island and Bamburgh Castle before you reach Fenwick.

Day 7: Fenwick to Lindisfarne & the Holy Island
(6 miles / 10 km)
The last day of your St Cuthbert's Way walk is deliberately short as the tides will determine your arrival time on Holy Island! The causeway is flooded by the sea for 5 hour periods over high tide – so there is plenty of time every day to make the crossing and we will help you choose your time to suit the tides.

It is a spectacular walk across the causeway onto the Holy Island with its ruined abbey and castle and a wonderful way to end your walk along the St Cuthbert’s Way.

Day 8: Onward Travel