Holy Island - Walk Lindisfarne - Northumberland

Holy Island Walk


Location OS Landranger sheet 81 NU 127421

3.7 Miles 1.5 hours

How to get there from A1 Approx 6.5 miles south of Berwick upon Tweed. Be aware of the Tide tables when planning a visit. In the months December to February you can park in the central car park. Outside of those months the car parks are now to the left of the road as you approach the village.

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Start:- The walk commences from any of the car parks, follow the signs to the Priory on the south side of the village.
Pass beyond the market cross. The Priory and its museum are ahead.

This walk takes the lane to the right. Go up this short lane and turn left at the top.

You will have the grounds of the local church St. Andrews on your left. The path drops down to the right and then left and up onto the Heugh.

The island to the right is St. Cuthbert's island ( Hobthrush) his retreat, from the pressures of his bishop's duties in the 7th century he was appointed in 673.

From the Heugh there are views to the mainland, south to Bamburgh and a look down into the Priory grounds.

Continue over the top of the Heugh past the coastguard building, a storm beacon and war memorial and drop down left.

Follow the Path down and go left along a path/grassy road through the rows of upturned old boats, tar covered and converted to sheds. This path follows round to the right and joins the road going towards the Castle.
Through the latch gate below the castle take the path up right to the castle entrance and take advantage of the views south.
For more information about the castle see my Lindisfarne castle page

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Having passed the castle the path drops down to the left past the rocky outcrop where the first castle was thought to stand.

Before going down to join the pathway to the left, you might consider a look at the lime kilns down on Castle point beach on the right.

The Kilns were built by a Dundee firm in the 1850's. The tramway used to bring the lime from a quarry on the north side of the island is the next part of the walk.

Join the track, which sits up above the surrounding land, on the north side of the castle. Go over a wooden bridge and follow the track round to a gateway.

Before you go through the gate you might find some stones interesting. Laid out on the grass to the right there are stone figures.

I think they are to signify the completion of pilgrimages to the Island. Lindisfarne marks the end of St. Cuthberts Way.

Someone may let me know if they signify some thing else. NM dec 08.

The walk continues north to Emanuel Head this is marked by a white navigation pyramid. You will pass a signpost pointing left, this path is the return path to the village having retraced your steps from the Pyramid.

Take the grassy track over the brow and follow it past Lilburn cottage to the T junction, turn left and follow the road back to the appropriate car park

For consideration, when using the countryside

This selection of walks in Northumberland follow recognised public rights of way or permissive paths and should be easy for most people to negotiate: but please remember that wet and winter weather can make paths muddy in places and the summer months produce fresh growth of vegetation - so wear suitable clothing and footwear.

If on any of these walks you find obstructions, or damage to stiles or footbridges which make paths impassible, please report these details as soon as possible to the countryside department of the Local or National Park authority responsible for the area.

Relationships between local farmers and those who use the footpaths are generally very good and there is no reason why they should not remain so given reasonable attitudes and understanding. Remember that the countryside is the farmers' livelihood, so please observe the Country Code : keep to the paths; close gates after you ; and take care not to cause damage, or leave litter; keep your dog under control; and leave all wild flowers for others to enjoy.

Taken from: Country Walks in East Tynedale by Philip R. B. Brooks (1978) NBM Sept 2009

Dogs in the countryside :-

On Rights of Way - Dogs must be kept under close control, preferably on a short lead.

On Access Land - 1) Keep your dog on a short lead from 1 March to 31 July this to protect ground nesting birds from disturbance

2) Local restrictions may include a ban on dogs.

3) Note that restrictions do not apply to Guide/Hearing dogs, or if you are using a public right of way


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