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St Cuthbert's Leg - this group has been merged into Haddington Leg for 2013, but you can still book a place on another Leg, click here for details
From Melrose to Holy Island through the Scottish borders
St Cuthbert's Leg starts in Melrose on the Saturday before Palm Sunday, following St Cuthbert's Way for approximately 70 miles as it winds 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 retreat with more emphasis on prayer, meditation and song, better suited to adults wishing to pursue a pilgrimage 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 and on down to Chatton.
From just above St Cuthbert's Cave on Good Friday we get our first views of our destination before continuing through Fenwick to the coast and meeting 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.