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FAQs

Who is St. Cuthbert’s Way suitable for?

St. Cuthbert’s Way is ready and waiting to be enjoyed by people of all ages and abilities.

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How do I know if it’s the right route for me?

St. Cuthbert’s Way offers something for everyone. The information on this website will help you decide if it is what you are looking for, or why not try some of the short walks off St. Cuthbert’s Way to get a taster of the long distance route?  You can read more about what others who have already walked the route think on the feedback section of this website.

How long will it take me to walk the whole of St. Cuthbert’s Way?

It depends on how fit and energetic you are.  Most people walk the long distance route over four or five days, but some complete it more quickly, and others choose to take longer.  For further guidance on suggested itineraries, see the long distance route section.  

What if I don’t have time to walk the whole route?

Many people walk St. Cuthbert’s Way in sections. Or if you don’t have time to walk the whole long distance route, what about trying one or two of the short walks, each of which includes part of St. Cuthbert’s Way?    

How long has St. Cuthbert’s Way been open? 

St. Cuthbert’s Way was officially opened in summer 1996.  The short walks off St. Cuthbert’s Way will be officially launched in spring 2012.

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Who developed St. Cuthbert’s Way?

St. Cuthbert’s Way was developed as a partnership between public agencies from both England and Scotland, and is now managed by a steering group involving representatives from Scottish Borders Council, Northumberland County Council, Northumberland National Park, Northumberland Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and Ron Shaw, the originator of the route.  

Who is responsible for managing St. Cuthbert’s Way?

St Cuthbert’s Way is maintained by Scottish Borders Council, Northumberland National Park Authority and Northumberland County Council. 

Can I ride St. Cuthbert’s Way on my bike or horse?

St. Cuthbert’s Way was originally developed as a walking route, but there are some sections of the long distance route, and some of the short walks, which you can also cycle or ride with your horse, including all those in Northumberland which follow bridleways, byways or public roads.  The law relating to public access is different in Scotland to England.  The Land Reform (Scotland) Act confirms a right of responsible non-motorised access for all users on foot, cycle or horseback to most land.  However some parts of St. Cuthbert’s Way are not sustainable for multi-use (such as the riverside path between St. Boswells and Maxton) and on other sections use is currently restricted by ladder stiles, steps or kissing gates.  To determine which sections are suitable for equestrian and cycle use, contact Scottish Borders Council Countryside and Access Team tel. 01835 826509 or e-mail outdooraccess@scotborders.gov.uk.