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St Cuthbert's Way practicalities
As at August 2013


This is a lovely walk. The Cheviots are not a high range but they have a special quality, and open vistas are everywhere. The waymarking is superb, so route-finding is not a problem. This is not a heavily-touristed area (except for Lindisfarne), so prices are lower than some other areas. However it is a recognized trail, so you can get companies like Sherpa Van to carry your luggage.

Similarly, the Berwick Tourist Information Centre can book your accomodation for you. They charge £5 per head booking fee per person and 10% of each night’s stay (phone 01670 622155 or email Berwick.tic@northumberland.gov.uk).

1. Walking days
We took 5½ days. We split the section from Harestanes to Kirk Yetholm into two, and the second part was rather short; however doing it in one day would be 17½ miles, with climbing at the end. The half day is the final one to Lindisfarne. You have to arrive there on a day when the tide is low during the day. Then you can walk over in the morning and catch the bus back to Berwick. Crossing times are readily accessible, here is one link. Bus times, too, vary with the tides, and you can check via www.northumberland.gov.uk.

We stayed an extra day on Lindisfarne to explore the island, and were glad we did.

2. Getting there & away
Train from London (Kings Cross) to Berwick, about 3½ hours.
Buses (10 minutes walk from station) numbers 60 and 67 both go to Galashiels via Melrose, about 1½ hours. Return from Lindisfarne to Berwick, bus number 477 (about 35 minutes).

3. Leaflet, Maps
There are several websites about the Way; the official one is stcuthbertsway.info. We used the Harvey map, which worked fine - though we sometimes missed wider map information, and also background information on St Cuthbert himself.

4. The Route
B&B Dunfermline House; there are several alternatives.
DAY 1: Melrose to Harestanes (15 miles)
We stayed with friends, but there are B&Bs in nearby Ancrum, and also Lilliard B&B, just before Ancrum, which would shorten the day. It's a long day, especially if the weather is good and you want to climb one of the Eildon Hills. The afternoon is straight and fairly level, so the miles pass fastish.
DAY 2: Harestanes to Morebattle (10 miles)
Again, we stayed with friends, but had a very sociable drink at the Templehall Hotel, which does B&B.
DAY 3: Morebattle to Kirk Yetholm (7½ miles)
We stayed at the Border Hotel.
DAY 4: Kirk Yetholm to Wooler (12 miles)
We stayed at the Cheviot View B&B.
DAY 5: Wooler to Fenwick (12 miles)
We stayed at The Manor House B&B. Fenwick is just a few houses, so it might be worth booking here first.
DAY 6: Fenwick to Lindisfarne (6 miles)
There are lots of places to stay. We stayed at The Open Gate retreat, but they don't usually do single nights. Try the Lindisfarne website for accommodation if you are staying.