‘Walk with St Cuthbert’: Saturday 9th June 2018

Last year’s walk was a tremendous success in many different ways, and the planning team is already working hard on this year’s event, so it’s time to remind you that:

The walk offers a great opportunity for you to raise funds for the church and/or a charity of your choice.

Coaches will be provided to take walkers from pick up points in Melrose, Lauder and Oxton to the starting point at Channelkirk Church. 

Volunteers are needed to help with registration, marshaling,and at refreshement stations along the route.  If you would like to help in any way please speak to a member of the planning team.

Posters and Flyers for the walk are now available.

Please take a few and distibute them as widely as you can.

If you intend to participate in the walk please note that registration is essential.

This should be done through www.borderevents.com

Coach transport from Melrose (Annay Road): 8.10am – you will be requested to inform us nearer the time if you require a seat(s) on bus from Melrose.

Pick ups enroute in Lauder (Primary School) and Oxton (transport is provided because of the narrow road access to, and the lack of parking at Channelkirk Church).

Walks starts 9am from Channelkirk Church

Early bird registration finishes 12th May, then from 13th-26th May tickets will be £15 adults, £5 children, £25 family.

St Cuthbert Walk Facts:-

•    Walk distance from Channelkirk Church to Melrose is 17 miles approx.
•    Option to walk shorter sections, finishing at either Lauder or Bluecairn.
•    Refreshments and toilet facilities available en route – ( Lauder Primary School and Bluecairn)
•    Walk pack, including map, issued on departure from Channelkirk Church
•    An opportunity, if wished, to walk for your chosen charity or good cause.

The Walk finishes in Annay Road at Melrose rugby pitches, just over the Chain Bridge.

Dogs on leads welcome. Be aware that a short section of the route involves crossing land where there may be cattle with calves and caution needs to be exercised by walkers with dogs.
Price includes transport to the start (Channelkirk), water/fruit during walk and hot drinks & traybakes at finish.


Historical Context:

St. Cuthbert was born around 630AD. There is some dispute as to where – possibly near Dunbar, though another history has his birthplace in Ireland.

There is much more agreement that it was while working as a shepherd boy on the hills around the present day village of Oxton that he had a vision of the soul of Bishop Aidan of Lindisfarne being carried to heaven by angels. He later found out that Aiden had died that night, and this experience moved him to enter monastic life at Melrose Abbey.

Tradition has it that the Church of Channelkirk is built on the site of his revelation.

It is believed that there has been a building of worship on that site since the 7th or 8th centuries and it was originally the Church of St. Cuthbert.
Cuthbert is the “childe” ( the Scots form is “chiel”) in Childerschirche which is the ancient name for the Church and the parish.

Cuthbert was famed for his piety and simplicity and this led to him being appointed  Prior of Melrose in 664
In  around 665 he moved to Lindisfarne as Prior and as such he travelled widely as a missionary over the South of Scotland and North of England.
He was made Bishop of Lindisfarne in 684 but resigned in 686 and became a hermit on one of the Farne Islands.
He died in 687 and is buried in Durham Cathedral.

There already exists a long distance footpath between Melrose and Lindisfarne called St. Cuthbert’s Way, however the Walk on June 10th from Channelkirk Church to Melrose is an opportunity to walk the “first steps” of the amazing life journey which the young shepherd boy made.