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St Cuthbert’s Way is a 100-kilometre (62 mi) long-distance trail between the Scottish Borders town of Melrose and Lindisfarne (Holy Island) off the coast of Northumberland, England. The walk is named after Cuthbert, a 7th-century saint, a native of the Borders who spent his life in the service of the church. The route links Melrose Abbey, where Cuthbert began his religious life, with his initial burial place on Holy Island. Cuthbert achieved the status of bishop, and was called a saint eleven years after his death, when his coffin was opened and his remains found to be perfectly preserved.

The route was first devised by Ron Shaw, and opened in summer 1996. Shaw continues to sit on the walk’s steering group, which is responsible for managing the path. Other members of this group are Scottish Borders Council, Northumberland County Council, Northumberland National Park, and Northumberland Coast Area of Outstanding Beauty. The trail was originally developed as a walking route but some sections are suitable for cyclists and horseriders. The Scottish Outdoor Access Code permits cyclists and riders to use most of the trail in Scotland, but on the English section of the route this is generally not permitted. Similarly, wild camping along the route is permitted (if carried out responsibly) in Scotland, but not in England.

As of 2018 it was estimated that around 2,500 people completed the entire route each year

St Cuthbert’s Way – Lindisfarne to Wooler


The next club walk in September, commences with a visit to Holy Island (or Lindisfarne) on the remote and beautiful Northumberland Coast. Time is allowed for exploration of the castle and priory on Holy Island before setting out on the walk, which traces St Cuthbert’s route towards the popular town of Wooler.

Click on the file name above to open the walk information sheet for more details – and instructions on how to reserve a place on our coach.

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