Nearest Train (or tube) Station(s):
Berwick upon Tweed
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This 100km walk follows St Cuthbert’s Way pilgrim trail through beautiful and varied countryside from Melrose in the Scottish Borders to Holy Island off the Northumberland coast.
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Crossing the Anglo-Scottish border twice and passing through the northern foothills of the Cheviots, this route is inspired by the religious life of St Cuthbert, which began in Melrose in 650AD and ended in his final resting place on Holy Island.
You’ll pass through a remote and ever-changing landscape with huge views across ancient borderlands. A sense of history and culture swirls around you all the way to the route’s spectacular finish on the mile-long Lindisfarne Causeway, which is only exposed at low tide (research and plan this section carefully).
St Cuthbert’s Way can be walked in 4-6 days and requires good levels of fitness and planning, but if you just fancy completing small sections the last leg from Wooler to Holy Island is excellent.
This route was voted 51st in a 2017 ITV poll to find Britain’s Favourite Walk.
TOG VERDICT: This walk is worth it for the finish along Lindisfarne Causeway alone – surely the finest end to any of Britain’s long-distance trails.