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St. Cuthbert's Way
About Saint Cuthbert
Melrose to St. Boswells
St. Boswells to Harestanes
Harestanes to Morebattle
Morebattle to Yetholm
Yetholm to Wooler
Wooler to Fenwick
Fenwick to Lindisfarne
Leaving the village of St Boswells, you will go past the clubhouse for St Boswells Golf Course, a 9 hole course which has been in existence for over a century. Crossing the course, you return to the riverbank and go on towards Mertoun Bridge, passing the cauld and the mill. This bridge is an important crossing of the Tweed as the next vehicular bridge downstream is at Kelso - ten miles away. Staying on the riverside footpath means climbing up, over the Kelso road and down the other side to bring you onto the haugh at 'The Fens'. There now follows a pleasant flat stretch, often with cattle grazing, where you can watch the ducks dabbling in the water. Goosanders, black and white ducks, are now common here and seem to spend all of their time scooping up the young fry of trout and salmon. Needless to say they are not at all popular with the anglers of the area.
Leaving the Fens Haugh, the path becomes a narrow, and often muddy track alongside and above the river. Here the banking is so steep that stonework has been built to retain it. Many visitors think that the stonework is the remains of old buildings, but not so - the arched sections simply allow drainage from the banking above, onto the path, unfortunately.
Leaving the riverside is the long flight of steps, locally called 'Jacob's Ladder' which takes you up to the path alongside Benrig Cemetery, formerly known as Lessudden Cemetery. Growing on the steps is toothwort - Lathraea squamaria, and, at the top, on the banking, there is Saxifraga granulata, neither of which is common nowadays.
See also: Maxton Village Web Site.
At the top of the church road, there is an information site which doubles as a bus-shelter in which local information is posted, and a bin for rubbish. On wet days the seat inside offers a covered food stop! The water tap along the street offers, in summer, a mains supply for those who wish to top up.
Stage Three: Harestanes to Morebattle