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Heleen Bosch
Heleen Bosch

Frequently Asked Questions about the St Cuthbert's Way

There are some considerations when walking the St Cuthbert’s Way and our team of experts have come up with the questions they are most frequently asked. Have a read so that you are armed with all the information you need before setting off along this historic trail in Northumberland.

How fit do I need to be?

Depending on the chosen itinerary the grade of this trip is either easy to moderate or moderate. The route is fairly level except for a few uphill sections between Kirk Yetholm and Wooler. At this point, your legs will be well used to the walking and you will be rewarded with far-reaching views over the surrounding hills. Depending on the weather there may be some boggy section that could slow you down slightly, however, nothing too challenging for the regular walker.

How do the baggage transfers work?

Enjoy the ease of having your luggage transferred daily, allowing you to walk with just a light daypack and your packed lunch. Your bags will be transferred from your accommodation as per your itinerary and moved on to your next overnight accommodation. We ask you to limit your luggage to one bag of up to 15kg per person.

Should I check the tides for Holy Island?

The final section of your walk is one of the most spectacular and unusual. The scenery is unique and although you follow the road for most of the way to Holy Island, the changing vistas and abundant birdlife will keep you occupied. Make sure you check the tidal chart for the day you pass the causeway and don't forget to check when it is safe to cross the following day. Check out the safe tide crossings here.

What personal equipment do I need?

You will need good walking shoes (ideally waterproof), comfortable walking clothes, waterproof jacket and trousers, a daypack as well as sunscreen, a hat, and sunglasses. This route involves a few climbs where you may find it useful to have your walking poles. As this route heads towards the coast, we recommend bringing windproof clothing to make it easier to progress.

When is the best time of year?

The route is best enjoyed between spring and autumn. Traditionally, April and May have been the most popular time of the year to walk the route, as the theory goes that the weather is better. However, in our opinion, anywhere between April and September should offer a wonderful experience.

If you would like to ask our team of specialists any questions about this fantastic national trail, please don't hesitate to contact one of our Destination Specialists, who will be more than happy to help and share their walking experiences!