Walks from our Retreats – St Cuthbert’s Way

Published: Thursday 16th Feb 2017

In a new monthly series we will be showcasing some of the best walks from the doorsteps of our Retreats.

February: St Cuthbert’s Way from Rosebud

Nestled in the grounds of the Grade II listed Hetton Hall, near Chatton, Rosebud is ideally placed for walking one of two sections of St Cuthbert’s Way to either the west or the east.

St Cuthbert was a 7th century saint who is buried at Holy Island. The whole of this 62.5 mile route from the Scottish Borders to Holy Island follows in the footsteps of St Cuthbert. It is the final two sections that are most accessible to guests at Rosebud.

From Rosebud to Holy Island

From Hetton you can pick up the trail that leads to the National Trust woods near to St Cuthbert’s Cave – locally known as Cuddy’s Cave, and where it is said that the monks of Lindisfarne Priory brought St Cuthbert’s body to rest following Viking raids on the island. Look back from here, and you will see some fantastic views of the Cheviot Hills. Five minutes later, at the top of Greensheen Hill, you will be blessed by the coastal vistas of Holy Island, Bamburgh and The Farne Islands.

After this point the walk is downhill, and takes in the village of Fenwick before arriving at the start of Pilgrim’s Way to walk across the Holy Island causeway where the route ends. You will need to make sure you are aware of the tide times at this point.

From Rosebud to the Northumberland National Park

Walk towards the village of Wooler – the gateway to the Northumberland National Park and reputably the best place to stargaze – before heading into the park itself. Here, you’ll catch some wonderful views of the Cheviots, visit Northumberland’s largest ancient hillfort site, Yeavering Bell, and experience Hethpool Linn waterfalls.

The beauty of this walk, in either direction, is that you can do as much or as little as you like. Perhaps walking to St Cuthbert’s Cave one day, and then doing the Pilgrim’s Way at another time.