12 stunning images that capture the beauty and hidden gems of St Cuthbert's Way
The St Cuthbert’s Way is almost certainly the United Kingdom’s premier pilgrimage and one of its most iconic and profoundly meaningful long distance walks.
By Group Reporter
Tuesday, 1st October 2019, 4:47 pm
Picture: World Adventure Guides.
The Way spans the Border country of Scotland and England, following the life and wanderings of one of our best loved Saints, from Melrose all the way to Lindisfarne, by way of the hidden gem that is the Northumberland National Park. Taken from The Great Glen Way: an interactive guide. Text and Images: Glen Cousquer. Taken from St Cuthbert's Way: an interactive guide. Available soon as an iPhone app, a book for iPad and a Kindle Book, all published by World Adventure Guides.
While the Camino to Santiago de Compostella may be the best known of pilgrimages; the St Cuthberts Way allows us to take on a spiritually rewarding walk much closer to home and over a shorter distance.
The route, of around 63 miles, can easily be completed in five to six days, rewarding the weary walker with an unforgettable crossing of the tidal sands that separate Lindisfarne from mainland Northumberland.
This route can be done during most times of the year. However it does snow here in the winter months and can get very cold.
The St Cuthberts Way spans the Border country of Scotland and England, following the life and wanderings of one of our best loved Saints. Whether you are walking or wandering, we are sure you will enjoy it all.
The St Cuthbert's Way starts at the magnificent ruins of Melrose Abbey and takes you southwards before climbing upwards and passing between the twin peaks of the Eildon Hills that lie above the town.
Day Two covers some twelve kilometres over delightful country following the mighty River Tweed, which is followed all the way to Maxton.
The venerable old beech trees in the Monteviot Estate are worth contemplating for a while; a nearby bench is well-placed to allow this.
Beautiful views all day of the Cheviot hills, with rolling green hills stretched to the horizon.
Over the border we go, from Scotland in England. Maybe the toughest section this one but not too strenuous.
Make sure you stop off to see St Cuthbert's Cave. Over a thousand years ago the monks took St. Cuthbert's body to this cave to escape the vikings.
For the final part of your journey, you must consult tide times and decide whether you will walk the three miles along the causeway or take the pilgrims route across the sands.
We leave you with the most incredible light, as you take your final steps across the bay.