Due to the very wet period at the start of the year and the high River Tweed levels there has been a landslip on the
banks close to Benrig. This is on the riverside path between Mertoun Bridge and Benrig and has temproarily close this
section of the Way. This will hopefully be a short closeure but while this is being assessed and repaired there is a
diversion from the village of St Boswells via country roads to Benrig and then back onto the riverside path heading
towards Maxton Kirk.
For details of the temporary diversion click on this link.
This long distance walking route is
generally divided into four separate day walks, and for this guide the walk is described from Melrose to Lindisfarne.
It can equally well be walked from East to West but the west to east option is being described as it is the most
popular walking option and it tracks the chronological sequence of the Saint from his earlier association with Melrose to his later
life on the Holy Island.
Recognising that not all walkers wish to undertake the route in just four days, it is also quite commonly divided
into 5 or even 6 days, this providing stopping points at places such as Maxton, Cessford, Hethpool and East Horton
and Fenwick. The Fenwick stop often being required for reason of tidal times on the causeway to The Holy Island.
By clicking on the appropriate section of the route as shown above more information will be provided, or select each section by
clicking on the drop down menu above.
The final stage of the walk is across a causeway which is subject to closure due to the tides. You can obtain safe
crossing times from the Tourist Information Offices in Northumberland (telephone number 01289 330733) or by
clicking here you can hyperlink to on-line crossing time information. Alternatively
e-mail I-Net Support (website designers)
where you can request details of the safe crossing times for a specific date to be sent to you by return e-mail.
When planning for a successful walk there is a host of information on transport, weather, communications safety etc.
that need to be considered. Click now to access the Planning Information page.
If you are walking this route as a pilgrim or a spiritul seeker then you may be interested in accessing material
developed by "The Community of Aidan and Hilda" and entitled "St Cuthbert's Way - Pilgrim Prayers and Songs".
This can be accessed by clicking on this LINK.
As this downloadable resource has a recommended retail price
(RRP) of £1 but can be downloaded at no charge from this website, we would ask you to link to the Aidan
& Hilda Community website and make an appropriate
on line donation to their charitable work.