Melrose to Lindisfarne - British Pilgrimage Route
St Cuthbert’s Way, UK
Named for the 7th Century Saint, Cuthbert, the 100km route begins at Melrose Abbey where the saint started his service to the Church, culminating with his burial place of Holy Island.
Linking two substantial monastic communities at Melrose and Lindisfarne, the route crosses the Cheviot Hills providing beautiful countryside scenery and opportunity for reflection. Upon crossing the border between Scotland and England the route continues East through the Northumberland National Park, heading for the coastline.
The final section of the path is only accessible at low tide, crossing the sands to the tidal Holy Island of Lindisfarne, which dates back to at least the 6th Century AD. The monastery of Lindisfarne was founded around 634 and was an established priory in the North of England. Invaded by the Vikings in 793, the Abbey was rebuilt by the Normans before the current Lindisfarne Castle was built in 1550, around the time the priory went out of use.