St Cuthbert’s Cave – Jul 2022


Date: Saturday 2 July 2022
Time:  10:00 am
Distance: 9 miles
Difficulty: Moderate (distance)

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  1. St Cuthbert’s Cave

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St Cuthbert’s Cave is an iconic Northumbrian landmark on St Cuthbert’s Way.  It is thought to have been the place where the monks of Lindisfarne brought St Cuthbert’s body to rest for a short time in AD875. We will follow St Cuthbert’s Way and through a woodland area before reaching the Sandstone Way and back to the start of the walk.


Hills: General - AscentKey0-98x27 No hills
Distance: General - DistanceKey1-98x27 Medium distance
Grade: General - GradeKey1-98x27 Moderate (distance)
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We start at the car park at Holburn Grange.  St Cuthbert’s Cave is only a short walk up a track and into the woods.  The cave is actually an overhanging outcrop of sandstone rock, supported by an isolated pillar of stone.  You might have also seen it in an episode of Vera.


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We follow a track round Cockenheugh and on towards Swinhoe Farm, where we join St Oswald’s Way.  This takes us round to Swinhoe Lakes, where we will have lunch.  These lakes are private but we pass the edge of them.  The trees look particularly attractive in their autumn colours.

St Oswald’s Way

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We continue along St Oswald’s Way towards Shiellow Woods. On the way we reach the highest point on the walk.  Here we will get great views towards the coast and Holy Island.

Holburn Moss

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As St Oswald’s Way turns North, we begin to descend as we round Holburn Moss.  Just past Raven’s Crag we get spectacular panoramic views of The Cheviots.  The path continues round Holburn Moss and back to the track down to Holburn Grange.

After the walk we will drive back to Belford to visit the Well House Coffee Shop.

We hope you can join us.

Julie and Martin x


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This shows the start location for this walk.

Nearest postcode:  TD15 2UJ
OS Grid Reference:  NU 05100 35132
What3Words:  ///physical.snoozing.noting
Parking:  Parking is at the National Trust car park for St Cuthbert’s Cave, located at Holburn Grange.  This is hard to find, so leave plenty of time.  There is a side road to this car park from the main road between Hazelrigg and Holburn.  It is signposted “St Cuthbert’s Cave”.
Toilets:  Nearest public toilets are in Belford.