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Melrose Leg - this route has been mothballed for the moment (see notes below) but you can still book a place on another Leg, click here for details
From Melrose to Holy Island through the Scottish borders
[update; June 2015] Due to problems in securing a leadership team for this route in 2016, and the early date of next Easter, the Northern Cross Steering Committee meeting in June 2015 decided to mothball the Leg for the forthcoming year - Holy Week 2016. This was a hard decision taken after much consideration, but ultimately it was the most appropriate choice for the moment. We express sincere and grateful thanks to all the communities we have been a part of along the way, through all the variations of St Cuthbert's and Melrose Legs, and hope to return once again another year.
[The route as it was last walked in 2015 is described below]
Melrose Leg starts in Melrose on the Saturday before Palm Sunday, partly following St Cuthbert's Way as well as other routes, for slightly under 70 miles through the Scottish borders. We walk mainly off road carrying the cross for about ten miles a day. The shorter distance helps the slower walker but make no mistake, it sometimes seems that it's all uphill. This is a walking experience of friendship, challenge, song, prayer, and some meditation, giving a break away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.
We start at Melrose where Cuthbert entered his novitiate in 651AD. Then to Maxton where we follow Dere Street, over the Tweed, and to Jedburgh abbey. Onwards the route goes to Morebattleand over wild country to Wooler, following the Pennine way for a while before crossing the border to Kirknewton, via Akeld, and on St Cuthbert's Cave and over to Fenwick before a nightstop in Chatton.
From just above St Cuthbert's Cave on Thursday we will have also had the first views of our final destination. From Fenwick we continue to the coast and meet the other legs. Then it is a simple matter of crossing the sands together following the poles of the old Pilgrim route before the tide catches us.