St Wilfrid’s Way

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About 250 kms along famous trails, through diverse landscape and historic towns.

Starting from Hexham Abbey, dating back to 674 AD, the route goes north until it joins Hadrian’s Wall for a few miles until it meets the Pennine way and strikes north. After 50 kilometres the route runs into a Roman Road nearly all the way to Jedburgh where it joins the Borders Abbeys Way to Selkirk. Then by track a few kilometres north to join the Southern Upland Way going west to Innerleithen where it meets a bike track all the way to Peebles. Then after hill tracks and bike routes to Rosslyn Chapel, into the Pentland Hills and along the Waters of Leith to the centre of Edinburgh.

Distance: 250 kms.

Please note that the map above is an overview of St Wilfrid’s Way. For an accurate instructions please go to individual Way sections.

Terrain: Fairly hilly and rough in parts

To arrange accommodation and baggage transfers along some sections of the way please contact Walking Support in LINKS

Urgently needed: Recommendations for places where people can meet, eat and sleep at a reasonable price.



Hexham to Once Brewed

Length: 25 km

The route takes quiet roads and paths from Hexham to Hadrian’s wall, then follow the Wall Path and onto Once Brewed (shops, pubs, B&Bs, etc.).

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Bellingham to Byrness

Length: 24 km

Signposted the Pennine Way over moorland and through forests to Byrness on A 68 (hotel, hostel,shop etc)

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Jedburgh to Hawick

Length: 21 km

This route follows the well -signposted with a W - Borders Abbey Way from Jedburgh to Hawick.

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Hawick to Selkirk

Length: 19 km

Following Borders Abbey Way signposts (Distinctive W or marked with yellow arrow), proceed out of Hawick, climbing along minor roads through farmland and onto moorland tracks, forest paths and rough trails to the centre of Selkirk.

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Selkirk to Peebles

Length: 31 km

From Selkirk follow tracks and minor roads past the site of the famous Battle of Philiphaugh, then on through the Bowhill Estate, up over open moorland until it joins the Southern Upland Way rising to nearly 600 m and then down into Traquair village and Innerleithen and along the Tweed ...

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Roslin Village to Edinburgh

Length: 26 km

Quiet roads from Rosslyn Chapel and Castle leading to tracks over the Pentland Hills with magnificent views over Edinburgh and across the firth to Fife. Then onto the riverside meandering track of the Waters of Leith into the centre of Edinburgh…… to the top of Leith Walk for the beginning ...

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Most of the restrictions for the prevention of the spread of Covid have now been lifted in Scotland and normal pilgrimage activity is now possible. However, when you are planning your pilgrimage, please consult the latest government guidelines and be aware that these can change at short notice.
Most of the restrictions for the prevention of the spread of Covid have now been lifted in Scotland and normal pilgrimage activity is now possible.