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St Cuthbert’s Way – 6 Nights

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St Cuthbert’s Way – 6 Nights

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This 6-day walking experience follows in the footsteps of St Cuthbert, a 7th Century saint. It begins in Melrose in the Borders and finishes in Berwick upon Tweed on the Northumberland coast via the mysterious tidal island Lindisfarne. There is a variety of scenery, changing with the seasons and lots of breath-taking views. With the historical and cultures stories to learn about as you go, it becomes more than a traditional pilgrimage route.

Quick Facts

  • 6 nights’ accommodation
  • 6 days’ walking
  • Guidebook and map provided
  • Daily door to door luggage transfers
  • 24hr on call assistance during your walk if necessary
  • 77.5 miles (125km) and 200m – 600m (656ft – 1968ft) of ascent
  • A walk from the Scottish Borders to the Northumberland coast via the Cheviot Hills
  • Visit Holy Island
  • Gentle gradients with often impressive views

About & Details

This walk is steeped in history, following the route of St Cuthbert, who was Prior to Melrose Abbey before becoming Prior and later Bishop of Holy Island. The route takes you through some of the most varied and beautiful areas. You experience hill walking, walks along rivers, moorland walking and coastal walks, each bringing a different opportunity to witness wildlife – look out for the feral goats! Ancient towns and historic villages wait to welcome you, each having a story to tell. You walk through the Northumberland National Park and Northumberland Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. At times, the St Cuthbert’s Way shares its paths with other long-distance footpaths, tempting you to future adventures.

Although this trip is based on 2 people sharing, if you are a solo traveller, please contact us for further details and we will be happy to help. You will need full walking kit including waterproof jacket and trousers, a comfortable day sack and comfortable walking boots. You will receive a more detailed kit list upon booking. We take the stress out of your trip with expert, local knowledge, hand-picked accommodation, luggage transfers and detailed support to help you find your way.

Inclusions

  • 6 nights’ accommodation in good quality B&Bs or hotels with ensuite or private bathroom and breakfast
  • Luggage transfers each walking day (1 x bag per person, max. weight limit 20kg)
  • Map and guide book plus detailed directions to your accommodation from the trail
  • Expert local knowledge and 24 hour emergency assistance during your trip
  • Professional event organisation
Exclusions
  • Travel to the start and finish points of the trip
  • Lunches and evening meals
  • Personal insurance (for cancellation, accident, health, emergency evacuation and loss, theft of or damage to baggage and personal effects)
  • Guiding (please contact us if you would like this trip to be guided)

Optional extras

  • Single room supplement £75 per person per night (subject to availability)
  • Solo traveller supplement £75 per person per night
  • Odd number group supplement £75 per group per night may apply if a single room is required
  • Extra night prior to the start (single room) £145 per person
  • Extra night prior to the start (twin room, needs 2 people) £90 per person
  • Extra night at the end of the event (single room) £145 per person
  • Extra night at the end of the event (twin room, needs 2 people) £90 per person

Please select from Optional Extras at checkout.

Getting there and back

Getting There

By road: Melrose is located 61 miles North East of Carlisle.

By public transport:
Train services are available from Carlisle, Edinburgh or Glasgow to Melrose. Check traveline.info for the latest public transport information.

By air:
The nearest airports are Glasgow or Edinburgh.

Getting Away

By road: Berwick upon Tweed is located 63 miles north of Newcastle upon Tyne.

By public transport:
Train services are available from Berwick to Carlisle, Edinburgh or Newcastle upon Tyne. Check traveline.info for the latest public transport information.

By air:
The nearest airports are Edinburgh or Newcastle upon Tyne.

Evening meals and lunches

You can purchase evening meals either at the accommodation or nearby. When our event planners send you the schedule with your itinerary you could prearrange directly with the accommodation or during the walk.

For lunches we would suggest bringing some of your own favourite snack bars and then asking the accommodation for a packed lunch for the following day and also supplementing that at stops en-route.

Accommodation

Accommodation is generally at B&B, guest houses and small hotels. Once booked in, your event planner will send you a list of your booked accommodation. It is possible to adjust according to preference at this stage so please mention it if you wish to change.

Dog-friendly

If you would like to bring your four legged friend, then we will do our best to source dog friendly accommodation. It is usually possible but if it were not, then we would suggest a change of date to enable it or offer a refund. There may be a small surcharge for the overnight stays. Therefore, once booked in, please alert your event planner that you would like to bring your dog and we can proceed from there.

Need a guide?

If you would prefer to have a guide for your walk, even just for one day, then we are happy to help. We can provide a qualified leader (also first aid qualified) to lead your trek or on just one of the sections. Just ask us.
A guide can not only take the stress out of navigation, but you will also find them a great asset in terms of providing an insight into all things environment and nature.

Dates and prices

For available dates please see the ‘book now’ option on the left hand side on desktops or at the bottom on mobiles. You can reserve your space via this route.

After you book

After placing your booking with us, you will in the first instance receive an automated email from our system confirming receipt of your reservation. If you don’t receive it, it is worth checking your spam/clutter folder.

In the process of placing your booking, you will generally set up an access password to our online gateway where you can review the details of the booking.

Your personal event planner will then be in touch with you to start to confirm the details. This contact will usually be taken up in the working day after receipt of your booking, but may, in busy times, take a little longer. The event planner will then liaise with you regarding the details of the course. If you have any specific requirements, please do mention it at this stage.

At the end of your trip

Unfortunately, all good things come to an end at some point and when you arrive at Berwick upon Tweed, you have one of several options. If you have not booked an additional night’s stay in Berwick upon Tweed then we can transfer your luggage to a location of your choice. From there you may have onward travel arranged as per the ‘Getting There and Back’ tab above.

Some people like to treat themselves to a night’s stay in Berwick upon Tweed at the end. And why not? You’ve earned it.  You can arrange this as an optional add on with your event planner.

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Itinerary

  • Day 1 - Arrive in Melrose

    Arrive at your overnight accommodation in Melrose.

  • Day 2 – Melrose to Jedburgh

    Your walk begins in the historical town of Melrose where St Cuthbert started his journey to Holy Island. You will climb over the saddle of the Eildon Hills, walk along the River Tweed and have the opportunity to visit the ruins of Dryburgh Abbey. Soon after leaving the River Tweed, you will work along Dere Street, the famous Roman road. The walking is relatively easy but it is a long stretch. You will join the Borders Abbeys Way to bring you into Jedburgh for your overnight stay.

    32km (19.5 miles), 320m (1050ft) of ascent

  • Day 3 – Jedburgh to Kirk Yetholm

    Today, you will arrive at the highest point of the St Cuthbert’s Way by reaching the summit of Wideopen Hill 368m (1207ft) after passing through the small village of Morebattle. You will then follow Bowmont Water into Kirk Yetholm where you will stay overnight.

    26km (16 miles), 368m (1207ft) of ascent

  • Day 4 – Kirk Yetholm to Wooler

    Whilst this is a fairly short stage, you will spend pretty much all of the walk in the Cheviot Hills, so there will be some height gained. You will start your walk along the Pennine Way before joining St Cuthbert’s Way to the left. After you cross the border into Northumberland there will soon be an opportunity to visit the Hethpool waterfalls. As you walk, watch for the feral goats, who wander the Cheviot Hills. The walk meanders through some of the most scenic, high fell country before dropping down to Wooler for tonight’s accommodation.

    21km (13 miles), 600m (1968ft) of ascent

  • Day 5 – Wooler to West Mains

    Today’s walk is steady along paths, tracks and some roads. You cross Weetwood Moor and have the opportunity to visit St Cuthbert’s Cave, where it is believed that the monks, fleeing from the Viking raids on Lindisfarne, took shelter. Soon after the Cave, you join up with the St Oswald’s Way to travel north through Shiellow Wood to Fenwick and on to your accommodation in West Mains.

    21.5km (13 miles), Minimal ascent

  • Day 6 - West Mains to Holy Island

    Following the Pilgrims Way today, you cross the tidal causeway to Holy Island. You will need to back track to Fenwick to pick up the St Oswald & St Cuthbert’s Way for the official route. Please check locally as to the safe times to cross to Holy Island. You can stay on Holy Island or visit for the day, subject to the tides.

    12km (7.5 miles), Minimal ascent

  • Day 7 – Holy Island to Berwick upon Tweed

    Your final day of walking is mainly on the road, but by picking up the Northumberland Coast Path, you can follow the coastline, and visit Goswick and Cheswick Sands. Look out for the Skerrs, exposed sections of limestone sticking out into the sea. Your arrival into Berwick upon Tweed is the end of your trip unless you have booked an extra night’s accommodation with us.

    Safe onward travel.

    18.5km (11.5 miles), Minimal ascent

     

Please note: This itinerary is a guide only. Timings and mileages are approximate.

We will always endeavour to accommodate you in the locations detailed in the above itinerary. Due to very high demand, some accommodation providers may occasionally have limited availability and so we may need to accommodate you in an alternative location, nearby. In this case, we will arrange a taxi transfer for you to take you from the trail to your accommodation and back again the following morning. An additional charge may be payable. We will notify you of this when confirming your booking.

Why book with us

We know you have a choice of companies providing trips for your next adventures. Here are some of the reasons you should choose to travel with Maximum Adventure:

  • We are an established adventure travel business
  • We have been trading since 2002
  • We are financially protected in accordance with the 1992 travel regulation
  • Knowledgeable and available office staff
  • Qualified leaders and guides with ascents ranging from Ben Nevis to Mount Everest
  • All activities are risk assessed
  • We will provide you with the best service available
  • We are aware this is your holiday/your challenge and will do our best to make it an enjoyable and rewarding experience
  • We have many repeat clients stretching back over a number of years
20+ years adventure organisation experience
Full liability & financial protection
Leading provider of high quality adventure challenges
Great team of staff to support you

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