A network of organisations and individuals committed to developing routes for off-road pilgrimage travel across Scotland was established as a voluntary organisation in 2012.
The Forum provides a practical, coordinated approach to establishing dedicated pilgrim routes for walkers, cyclists and horse riders. Local ownership of this process is a core principle of the Forum, which enables member-led partnerships to define new routes, working with other local partners and providing information via the website http://www.sprf.org.uk
Established routes include:
- St Cuthberts Way (1999), a 100km (62.5 mile) route from Melrose to Lindisfarne, commonly walked in 4, 5 or 6 days. The website http://www.stcuthbertsway.net has clear information about all aspects of the route and services.
- The Borders Abbey Way (2008), linking the ruins of the historic abbeys of Kelso, Jedburgh, Melrose and Dryburgh. This is a 103km route, taking normally 5 days. Comprehensive details including terrain, history, accommodation, food and drink, luggage transfer services etc can be found on the website http://www.bordersabbeysway.com