Introduction to the St Cuthbert’s Way
St Cuthbert's Way is a 100km (62.5 mile) trek which begins at Melrose Abbey and finishes on Holy Island, just off the Northumberland coast. The trail follows in St Cuthbert's 7th century footsteps through the rolling borderlands of Northumberland and the Scottish Borders. The trek culminates in a unique finish across the tidal causeway to Holy Island. It offers a fantastic introduction to long distance walking; a route steeped in historical and cultural interest, we take our time so we can take it all in during 5 days of walking.
Highlights of the St Cuthbert’s Way
- Starting beside the ruined Melrose Abbey
- Walking over the Eildon Hills above Melrose
- Views from Wideopen Hill, the half-way mark
- Crossing the border into Northumberland National Park
- Ruined castles, iron age forts and old Roman roads
- St Cuthbert’s Cave
- A unique finish along the causeway to Holy Island
What's Included with this Holiday
- A qualified Mountain Leader on each day of the trek
- The support of a Trek Manager
- A St Cuthbert’s Way Information Pack
- All accommodation in B&Bs, Inns and Hotels
- All Breakfast
- Luggage transfer to each accommodation
- Maximum group size of 12
- Support Vehicle available (so you can skip a section)
- Free transport from Holy Island back to Melrose if required
- Free pick up from and drop off to Tweedbank train station
Is the St Cuthbert’s Way Right For Me?
St Cuthbert’s Way is one of our gentler walks making use of good paths and some minor roads. We cover 62.5 miles over 5 days. There are some steeper inclines but these are generally short lived and are rewarded with excellent views. It is manageable by all of reasonable fitness regardless of previous trekking or walking experience. Anyone with an interest in British history will thoroughly enjoy this one. If views and wide open spaces are your thing then St Cuthbert’s Way ticks the box perfectly.
St Cuthbert’s Way Guided Walking Itinerary
Each day you will be guided along St Cuthbert’s Way to your next accommodation, there is no need for you to worry about being lost, we will be with you from the moment you set off in the morning to the moment you enter your accommodation in the evening. You will only be expected to carry your day bag (what you will need to keep you warm, dry, fed and watered for the day). Everything else will be transported to your next accommodation for you. Everything will be arranged for you so all you need to worry about is the walking itself!
Day 1: Arrive in Melrose
This is your chance to make your way to the small town of Melrose, where your first night's accommodation awaits. If arriving by train Tweedbank Station is a short distance from Melrose and a transfer can be arranged. In the evening you will usually get a chance to meet the rest of your group as well as your guides at a local pub for a drink or two.
Day 2: Walking to Harestanes
We begin with the steepest section of the entire walk as we climb to a pass in the Eildon hills above Melrose. The hard work is completed within an hour a the rest of the day is spent following the River Tweed and an old Roman road to Harestanes.
Day 3: Walking to Yetholm
Today we will leave Harestanes for the longest day of our trek at 17.5 miles. We will cross farmland to the ruins of Cessford Castle, before heading for Wideopen Hill and the highest point on the trail. We finish the day in Yetholm at your accommodation.
Day 4: Walking to Wooler
Today we will cover the 12 miles to Wooler, through the undulating foothills of the Cheviot. We will pass Iron Age hill forts as we continue our historical journey. Tonight's accommodation will be in Wooler.
Day 5: Walking to Fenwick
This, our 4th day on the trail, is a gentle one and we again cover 12 miles. Today we pass St Cuthbert's Cave, where monks took St. Cuthbert’s body in 875AD as they fled from Viking raids on Lindisfarne. We will finish our day at Fenwick.
Accommodation Near Fenwick
Day 6: Walking to Holy Island
With just 6 miles left of St Cuthbert's Way you are almost finished. This shorter day allows us to time things right, and avoid being caught out by the tides. We will walk from Fenwick down to the tidal causeway which takes us to Holy Island, where we will find our accommodation and complete our trek.
Accommodation Holy Island
Day 7: Depart Holy Island
Today we will drive back to our start point in Melrose. You are welcome to make use of this transfer. Alternatively, we can drop you at the train station on Berwick-upon-Tweed before we head back.
St Cuthbert’s Way Accommodation Options
Bed & Breakfast
The Bed and Breakfast option provides you with good standard Bed and Breakfast accommodation, with breakfast included within the price of the holiday. The B&Bs we use are located within small towns or villages and so you will have access to local shops as well as a choice of pubs to make sure you have plenty of opportunity to have an evening meal. In areas where there are no B&Bs or there are no facilities such as shops or pubs we will instead drive you out to another nearby village where a better overall experience can be achieved.
Bed & Breakfast (Single Room)
We also offer this trek with Bed and Breakfast accommodation for those who would prefer single occupancy rooms, however do note that we only have two of these rooms available per trek and so they must be booked early. Unlike our self-catering option, breakfast is included within the price. Please note that these rooms incur a single supplement which is included within the price.
Dates & Prices
The dates of our scheduled treks can be seen below. We also off the option of private bookings for groups. Please get in touch if you'd like to book privately.
|Date of Trek||Availability|
|Saturday 24th July 2021 to Friday 30th July 2021||Spaces|
No Suitable Date?
If there are no dates on this calendar to suit you please let us know, sometimes we can add extra dates if there is enough demand for an extra trip to be added.
If a trek is full but you would like to be added to the waiting list, please do let us know. The waiting list is there so that if anyone drops out of the trek we will contact you and let you know, so you can take their place on the trek instead.
We are hoping to publish our calendar for 2021 in the spring of 2020. If you are keen to book early and secure a trek on a date to suit you please do feel free to get in contact with us.
Price for Bed & Breakfast:
The price of this trip is £899 per person (based on two sharing).
To book this trip we will require a £200 deposit per person with the rest to be paid a month before your trip.
If you are booking as a solo traveller and happy to share a twin room with another solo traveller of the same sex the price is £899.
If you are a solo traveller and would like a single room to yourself there is a £25 per night single supplement (£150 in total).
How to Book
Booking is simple, you can either phone us, email us or use our online shopping cart below.
Book St Cuthbert’s Way Online
What Happens Once you Have Booked
Once we have received your booking (either through the online shopping cart, email or phone). We will then confirm with you that your accommodation option and room type, single, twin or double, is available. We will then send you a full booking form and information about paying your deposit for your trek. All deposits can be paid by cheque, bank transfer or debit/credit card. Once we have received back both your booking form and deposit we will let you know and your place on the trip will be secure.