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St Cuthbert’s Way
Ronald Turnbull  
03 April 2023
UK price £15.99
72pp, 130 x 220mm, 180g

St Cuthbert’s Way

From Melrose to Lindisfarne (2nd ed)


Ronald Turnbull

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"It is easy to use, the text is clear and well written ... and it is very well illustrated" - Roger Smith, co-founder of the route

Follow the footsteps of St Cuthbert in this easy-going walk of 63 miles (101 km) from Melrose Abbey in the Scottish Borders to the Holy Island of Lindisfarne in Northumberland. St Cuthbert’s Way is one of Scotland’s Great Trails, and it is also one of England’s great trails. Starting from the ruins of Melrose Abbey, it winds alongside the River Tweed, and after about 31 miles you walk across the border into England on high ground. The Way includes a section of Roman road and passes castles, hill forts and historic ruins along the way. Most people will complete it comfortably within 5 or 6 days.

Its summit is Wideopen Hill (369m/1210ft), and its barefoot finale is the Pilgrim Way 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.  This second edition was thoroughly revised in 2023 and it contains custom mapping at 1:40,000 and many post-Covid updates.  It is bound in our lighter, pocket-friendly format and printed on rainproof paper.


This guidebook has all you need to plan and enjoy the St Cuthbert’s Way:

  • concise directions updated in 2023
  • background on St Cuthbert’s life and times
  • features on Lindisfarne, history and wildlife
  • contact details for accommodation and transport
  • detailed mapping on 16 pages (1:40,000)
  • 100 glorious colour photos
  • rainproof, rucksack-friendly format.
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Pages 4-9 from Planning
2.1 The striding saints
3.2 Harestanes to Kirk Yetholm

Reviewed in Walk Magazine

A colourful and eminently practical guide to the 100km/62-mile route from the abbey town of Melrose in the Scottish Borders to the Holy Island of Lindisfarne … handily printed on waterproof paper.

Summer 2010 issue, page 91

Excerpt from review in TGO

For me, this guide ticks all the boxes: it is easy to use, following the usual Rucksack Readers spiral-bound format; the text is clear and well written, and … it contains much additional information regarding the area’s rich history, landscape and wildlife; and it is very well illustrated.

All the practical information you might need regarding accommodation, services, public transport etc is included and there is a useful altitude profile of the route.

Roger Smith, co-founder of the original route, TGO June 2010 page 62

From an online review (

The best piece of equipment we had when doing this walk. Others had maps and went wrong but we just used this.

Reviewed by D Green

From an online review (

A great guide book full of information about the walk, the scenery, the history, how to get there and where to stay. Have bought others in the same range, would recommend.

Reviewed by Miss

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Route updates

We are pleased to tell you that (as of 27 April 2023) the Fenham Hill unmanned railway crossing has reopened, so the possible detour (referred to on pages 64-5) need not apply. But please use the yellow phone to speak with the signalman before crossing: this simple courtesy provides valuable evidence of usage that will help to keep the crossing open in future.

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