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June 2021

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St Cuthberts Cave from Holburn Grange

  • Distance: 11 miles
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Your Guide:
  • Maximum number of places per day: 18
  • Price Per Person: £12.50

walk notes

This walk takes-in several distinctly different environments along the route including arable and pastoral farmland, coniferous plantation woodland, open moor, the sites of former bell pits and more recent peat extraction, even the remains of a dam that failed dramatically in 1948.  

From the crests of the modest west facing Fell Sandstone escarpments there are excellent views of the coast towards Lindisfarne and the Farne Islands and on a clear day the silhouettes of Holy Island and Bamburgh Castles are easy to see.  

To the west the Cheviots stand out above the broad valley forming the Cheviot Fringe (on the softer rocks of the Lower Carboniferous Cementstone Group) used by the A 697.  

All of this without a single mention of the significance of St Cuthbert’s Cave itself or the long distance path that bares its name.  There is a lot to see on this walk relating to natural, political or ecclesiastical history even without including the expansive Northumbrian skyscape.