St Cuthberts Way: Information, Advice and Personal Reflections

Start: Melrose Finish: Lindisfarne Distance: 64 miles (103km) Total ascent: 6,805ft (2,075m) Traditional sections: (west to east over five days) Melrose - Harestones, 15 milesHarestones - Kirk Yetholm, 17.5 miles Kirk Yetholm - Wooler, 13 miles Wooler - Fenwick 12.5 milesFenwick to Lindisfarne, 6 miles For context to the below observations, opinions and advice; I … Continue reading St Cuthberts Way: Information, Advice and Personal Reflections

St Cuthberts Way, Day 5: Beal to Lindisfarne (3 miles)

It isn't often that I've had reason to keep tide times on me, but those hours and minutes had been printed back home, written down several times, stored in my phone and recounted in my mind over and over. Lindisfarne is only accessible at low tide. Even the road causeway that cars drive across falls … Continue reading St Cuthberts Way, Day 5: Beal to Lindisfarne (3 miles)

St Cuthberts Way, Day 4: Wooler to Beal (13 miles)

I had woken at my normal early time and on finding my clothes not quite dry enough, had turned the heat up on the radiator and tried to get a couple more hours sleep. This simply resulted in having slightly less damp but still sweaty clothes, and now being sweaty already myself before I'd even … Continue reading St Cuthberts Way, Day 4: Wooler to Beal (13 miles)

St Cuthberts Way, Day 3: The Auchope Hut to Wooler (12 miles)

The wind did not cease in the night. It cried and called and wailed over the summits like old ghosts in ancient anguish. Maybe it was. After all the centuries of loyalty and disloyalty, of bloodshed, war, honour and dishonour and deceit, of invading kings from the south and Norsemen from the east, after all … Continue reading St Cuthberts Way, Day 3: The Auchope Hut to Wooler (12 miles)

St Cuthberts Way, Day 2: Cessford Moor to the Auchope Hut (18 miles)

I packed up my tent on yet another early morning, but this time after a more peaceful night's sleep. The sky was radiant in gold and pink over those distance Cheviot hills and, today, I was headed for them. This was the day where I planned to detour at Kirk Yetholm and go onto the … Continue reading St Cuthberts Way, Day 2: Cessford Moor to the Auchope Hut (18 miles)

St Cuthberts Way, Day 1: Bowden to Cessford Moor (19 miles)

I did consider leaving the tent to throw things at the loudly coupling badgers, but memory served that badgers are mean and, sometimes, a lot larger than expected, so I just waited it out as dawn started turning into day and packed up the tent ready for another walk that hopefully would be as lovely … Continue reading St Cuthberts Way, Day 1: Bowden to Cessford Moor (19 miles)

St Cuthberts Way: Day T-1, Melrose to Bowden (4 miles)

I'm not really sure what I anticipated from Melrose. Starting points to these trails have a tendency to be simply a means of access with few redeeming qualities other than a railway station and proximity to the route. In my head, the whole of the borders was this unknown hinterland in my unfamiliarity. It could … Continue reading St Cuthberts Way: Day T-1, Melrose to Bowden (4 miles)