The route starts at the birth place of St. Cuthbert… Melrose in the Scottish Borders and ends at Holy Island (Lindisfarne) where St. Cuthbert became bishop and one of England’s most respected saints. Appointed prior in 665, this saintly missionary worked tirelessly to convert Northumbrians to Christianity.
As his fame grew and large numbers of pilgrims descended on Lindisfarne, the exhausted Cuthbert retreated in 676 to a hermit’s cell on Inner Farne, remaining there for 9 years until persuaded to accept the bishopric.
After his death in 696AD the magnificent Lindisfarne Gospels were produced by Bishop Eadfrith in St Cuthberts honour. They are now held by the British Museum. Following repeated Viking raids in 875AD the body of St Cuthbert had to be moved to its final resting place in a loop of the River Wear.
Standing on the site today is the splendid Durham Cathedral in which you can still view the tomb of St Cuthbert.