PROMOTERS of a popular cross-border trail have taken steps to encourage even more walkers to pull on their boots.

Scenic St Cuthbert's Way - which runs from Melrose Abbey to Holy Island - already attracts pilgrims and plodders from all over the world.

But website updates and improvements to promote the 62.5 mile walk are expected to inspire increased numbers over the coming months and years.

Anyone now logging onto can easily plan their trip and access information about the services available along the route.

The website is mobile-friendly and includes maps which show accommodation as well as food and drink establishments which walkers will pass.

Councillor Tom Miers, Scottish Borders Council’s spokesman for Planning and Environment, told the Border Telegraph: “St Cuthbert’s Way is a magnificent walking route rising as it does from the beaches of Holy Island through the majestic Cheviot Hills and down again into the mellow valley of the Tweed.

“These improvements to the website will be hugely useful to regular walkers and newcomers alike, and should encourage even more visitors to our area to explore the superb landscape and historic sites of the border country.”

St Cuthbert's Way follows the scenic route which would have been taken by the seventh century saint Cuthbert.

The Borders native worked at Melrose Abbey, where he would rise to the status of Bishop.

It is said that 11 years after his burial on Holy Island, when he was being made a Saint, his coffin was opened and his remains found to be perfectly preserved.

Northumberland County councillor Jeff Watson said: “This is a route steeped in history which follows the life of St Cuthbert from the start of his religious life in 650AD to his eventual resting place.

“We are delighted to be supporting this project and hope all those who use the website find it useful, enjoyable and inspiring.”

With the newly improved website, walkers can now order free certificates for completing the route - or part of the route - and leave feedback for the authorities responsible for the trail's upkeep – Scottish Borders Council, Northumberland National Park Authority and Northumberland County Council.

An online shop has also been made available on the site where walkers can order the official guide and other books related to St Cuthbert’s Way.

Councillor Glen Sanderson, chair of Northumberland National Park Authority, said: “This is a fantastic long-distance walk which takes in some of the most picturesque countryside of north Northumberland and the Scottish Borders.

“The new website really does look good and provides a very comprehensive step by step guide to the rights of way and everything you see and do along the route.”