Rest StopSt Cuthberts Cave
There are a couple of road crossings where you need to take care, look both ways before crossing, particularly when crossing the A697 from Wooler. There are several stretches where you must walk on the road as there is no pavement or verge. Walk on the right side facing the oncoming traffic unless there is a right-hand turn, in which case you should cross to the outside edge to allow drivers the maximum chance to see you.
If you wish to carry a hardcopy map, we would recommend buying the St Cuthbert's Way map published by Harvey Map. Alternatively, you may wish to print the daily maps directly from our app.
If you wish to bring a guidebook, we would recommend St Cuthbert's Way Rucksack Reader.
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Points of Interest
Westwood Moor was the site of a large annual livestock fair held until the 19th century called the Whitsun Tryst. There are also several pre-historic sites including stones with cup-and-ring marks. These probably date from the late Stone Age and nobody quite knows their meaning or purpose. You can visit one which is a 250m diversion from St Cuthbert's Way. As the Way levels at the moorland plateau, there is a waymarked junction. From here head south past two boulders at the moor top. Once the nearby radio mast lies directly south-west, start looking for a flat-topped rock. Also available on GPS NU 01020 28020
As the markings have been eroded over thousands of years, they are best seen under low sunlight.
St Cuthbert's Cave
A natural cave eroded from yellow Fell Sandstone - room to shelter several people. Bishop Eardulf of Lindisfarne and the monks carried St Cuthbert's body during the Danish raids of AD875 for seven years. The cave was the first stop and then Cumberland, south-west Scotland, Yorkshire and Melrose. His body was placed on a ship in Whitehaven with the plan to carry the body over to Ireland - however, a rain of blood from the sky indicated that the Saint should not be removed. St Cuthbert's body eventually was laid to rest in Durham.
The Kyloe Hills and woods have many hidden secrets including the witches hideout at Bogle House, amazing sandstone crags and excellent bouldering as well as a bizarre scattering of Monkey Puzzle trees. From the top you have great views of Holy Island and Bambugh Castle.
Such is the way of British hiking, that you need to be prepared for all seasons and weathers; sturdy hiking boots, warm clothes and a waterproof/wind-break layer are all required, as is plenty of sun-cream and a healthy respect for the sun.
Walking poles will be a big advantage on some of these ascents and descents.
Ensure your phone is fully charged; if you doubt the battery will last throughout the hike, it might be beneficial to bring a power bank.
This walk is isolated with few opportunities to buy food or water so be sure to bring enough with you.