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St Cuthberts Way

About This Route

St. Cuthbert’s Way starts at the gates of the magnificent 12th century Melrose Abbey in the lively Borders town of Melrose. From Melrose, an invigorating climb takes you over the iconic Eildon Hills whose triple peaks are one of the best loved landmarks in the Scottish Borders. As you pause to catch your breath, there are panoramic views in every direction: Melrose, the Moorfoot and Lammermuir Hills to the north, and the mighty Cheviot range to the south.

After dropping back down to the village of Bowden, nestling in the lee of the Eildons, once past the beautiful Bowden church, you are following an old drove road, once back to the road, you will soon join back up with the St Cuthberts waymarked route at Dere Street.

Walking south from Maxton along Dere Street, you will be following in the footsteps of the Romans who built the original road, now a tree lined grassy track, passing Lady Lilliard’s Tomb. Harestanes Countryside Visitor Centre which lies only just off this section of route offers tempting food and drink. If you are feeling energetic you might fancy a quick detour to climb up to the Waterloo Monument, a local landmark. On this first section, you will have experienced first-hand all of the countryside which is so frequently admired by Sir Walter Scott.

Setting off again from Harestanes, after following the quiet road to Crailing.  Before Jedburgh the route branches off through woodland, in springtime strewn with bluebells, and then south-east on farm paths and tracks through rich agricultural land to Cessford.  Cessford Castle, once the stronghold of the Kers, is directly on route: a great place to explore some of the Borders rich history.

The village of Morebattle comes next where you can restock your food supply.

Statistics

  • Distance

    24.8 miles

  • Level

    Long Distance

  • Level Details

    Bridging the national border between Scotland and England, this inspiring 100km (62.5 miles) cross-border route links Melrose in the Scottish Borders, where St. Cuthbert started his religious life in 650AD, with Holy Island off the Northumberland Coast, his eventual resting place and his original pilgrimage shrine. Not all of the route is accessible yet to horses but a large portion is and it links to many other routes through the Borders, the sections where it is not accessible to horses it is not way marked.

  • Towns

    Melrose, Morebattle, Harestanes

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