Distance: 19 km (12 miles) Duration: 4 hours
From Wooler, St Cuthbert’s Way takes you over Weetwood Moor, where a short diversion on one of the circular short walks off the long distance route will take you to prehistoric rock carvings. Dropping back down to cross the River Till via the 16th Century Weetwood Bridge, quiet lanes lead to Horton, and onto another section of typically dead-straight Roman road: the Devil’s Causeway, which once linked Corbridge and Tweedmouth. Farmland and woodland tracks lead up to St. Cuthbert’s Cave, where monks took St. Cuthbert’s body in 875AD as they fled from Viking raids on Lindisfarne.
Above the cave on the rocky ridge of the Kyloe Hills, the first tantalising views of your final destination come into sight with Holy Island clearly visible above the glittering sands, and Bamburgh Castle just to the south. It’s clear to see why this part of the Northumberland coast has been designated an area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. St. Cuthbert’s Way joins here with St. Oswald’s Way, another long distance route, following an enjoyable track through Shiellow Wood towards the village of Fenwick.
Continue to Fenwick to Holy Island