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St Cuthbert’s Way
Ronald Turnbull  
18 April 2016
UK price £11.99
64pp, 145 x 220mm, 196g

St Cuthbert’s Way


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

St Cuthbert’s Way is one of Scotland’s Great Trails, and it crosses the Scotland-England border on high ground east of the Yetholms. 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 it 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 was revised in April 2016 after many changes, including the recently opened Borders Railway to Tweedbank, with walking instructions from there to Melrose. It also includes details of the refurbished Abbotsford House, a revised facilities table and images of the revised waymarkers.


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

  • 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.
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Excerpt from planning
2.1 The striding saints
Jedfoot Bridge to Kirk Yetholm
  • Jedburgh Abbey, near St Cuthbert's Way

    © Ronald Turnbull

  • Lindisfarne Priory, where St Cuthbert became bishop in AD 684

    © Ronald Turnbull

  • Brown hare

    © H Kratky|

  • Eildons and River Tweed from Scott's View, near Dryburgh Abbey

    © Ronald Turnbull

  • St Cuthbert's Cave, near Fenwick

    © Ronald Turnbull

  • Common Ridings, a distinctive summer event in the Borders

    © Berwickshire News

Jedburgh Abbey, near St Cuthbert's Way

© Ronald Turnbull


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

Bonus content

GPX route file

Updates since our 2016 revision:

  • p9 para 2 Morebattle’s Community Shop is open 7 days a week from 08.00; check its website for closing times
  • p41 paras 5/6: As the descending ridge reaches fields, the path turns right through a gate in the wall. Go through and descend to a walker gate beside a field gate. Slant slightly right down the open field, passing through the clump of trees (shown below) to reach a further gate onto a grassy track. Turn right, down to a road beside Bowmont Water.
  • p45 third para above foot, sentence 2: Aim for the gateway in the skyline wall, …
  • p60 the seasonal information centre in Melrose has closed
  • p61 Historic Environment Scotland moved its website
  • p61 Trimontium Museum moved its website

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