Saint Cuthbert’s Way – Trekking in Northumberland

Saint Cuthbert’s Way is a long distance walk of some 62 miles between the Abbey at Melrose and the one at Lindisfarne. It is named after a 7th century monk who was Prior at both these ancient abbeys. Traditionally the walk starts at Melrose and lasts between 4 and 5 days. It can be viewed as three distinct sections.

Section one. Days 1 & 2.

Melrose to the border line at Kirk Yetholm with an overnight stop at Ancrum. There are beautiful riverside walks along the Tweed as well as the chance to climb the Eildon hills right at the start. Great walking and lots of history. Yetholm is also the end of the Pennine way so advanced booking of your accommodation is recommended.

Section two. Day 3.

Starts with a border crossing and then a lovely walk through the College Valley, over the Newton Tors and overnight accommodation in the market town of Wooler.This is hill fort country and you will also get great views across the Millfield plain. On a good day you can see the coast from some of the higher points.

Section three. Days 4 & 5.

Good walking across the Kyloe hills and then the descent to the tidal Island of Lindisfarne. Take care to check the tidal time tables and make sure that you have timed your crossing correctly. The Kyloe hills are famous for their cup and ring prehistoric carvings into the local rocks.

Lindisfarne is also known as Holy Island or the Cradle Island. It is forever associated with the early monastery built here and then burnt by successive Viking raids. The illuminated gospels of Lindisfarne are world famous.

Autumn colours in the College Valley


Walking out of the College Valley, just before starting the climb onto the Newton Tors.


This article was written by Mike Holly. Mike lives and works in Northumberland and has been exploring cottages around Hexham.

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