St Cuthbert's Way
from Melrose to Lindisfarne
This guidebook was reprinted in April 2016 with many revisions, including mapping covering the Borders Railway to Tweedbank, and walking instructions from there to Melrose. We also include the refurbished Abbotsford House, a revised facilities table and the new-style waymarkers. The route diversion caused by landslip near Mertoun Bridge has been lifted and as of September 2016 there are no diversions in place.
Follow the footsteps of St Cuthbert in this easy-going walk of 62 miles (100 km) from Melrose Abbey in the Scottish Borders to the Holy Island of Lindisfarne in the North Sea. The route winds alongside the River Tweed, includes a section of Roman road and passes castles, hill forts and ruined abbeys.
Its summit is Wideopen Hill (368m/1207ft), and its barefoot finale is the Pilgrims’ Path to Lindisfarne with its priory and castle. The route is fully waymarked, the gradients are modest and it has welcoming B&Bs and pubs at strategic intervals. Most people will complete it comfortably within 5 or 6 days.
This guidebook has all that a walker needs:
- concise, up-to-date directions
- altitude profiles for each section
- challenging route option over the Cheviot (815m/2674ft)
- background on St Cuthbert’s life and times
- features on Lindisfarne, history and wildlife
- contact details for accommodation and transport
- dropdown route map (1:100,000)
- 80 glorious colour photos
- waterproof, rucksack-friendly format.
Visit this website for route updates and accommodation.
For directions on walking from Tweedbank Station to Abbotsford, download this sheet.
- St Cuthbert's Way: from Melrose to Lindisfarne
- Ronald Turnbull
- 2010, revised 2016
- UK price £11.99
- 63pp+4pp map flap
- 145x210 mm
- ISBN: 978-1-898481-36-2
Our guidebooks include small-scale maps as a dropdown flap. On some itineraries a good map may be vital for safety, and some walkers prefer always to carry detailed maps. Here is our list of recommended maps:
“For me, this guide ticks all the boxes: it is easy to use, the text is clear and well written ... and it is very well illustrated.”
Roger Smith, co-founder of the original route