A circuit of Holy Island including Lindisfarne Castle

A Holy Island walk posted on 04/07/16 by Walking Britain. Update : 05/07/16

This Northumberland walk makes an anti-clockwise circuit of Holy Island. The route includes Lindisfarne Castle and some wild coastal walking. The island cannot be reached at high tide so careful advance planning is necessary to complete the walk.

Technical sheet
Calculated time Calculated time: 2h00[?]
Distance Distance : 6.98km
Vertical gain Vertical gain : 9m
Vertical drop Vertical drop : 9m
Highest point Highest point : 14m
Lowest point Lowest point : 2m
Easy Difficulty : Easy
Back to starting point Back to starting point : Yes
Walking Walking
Location Location : Holy Island
Starting point Starting point : N 55.67186° / W 1.799017°
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(D/A) The start is the car park on the north side of the village (grid ref. NU127421). After parking walk through the village and continue past the parish church, which should be on your left, and down to the sea. Turn left along the coast (with the sea to your right). The remains of the priory will be on your left. Continue along the path onto a wider track that leads you to the harbour and a tarmac road behind the beach. Follow this to a junction (grid ref. NU129419) where you bear right along a lane towards Lindisfarne Castle.

(1) Just prior to the castle the lane forks. Keep to the left here and pass the northern side of the castle. The tarmac soon ends and you should continue on the track to reach the eastern coast of the island. Here, head north walking parallel with the coast (sea to your right) and continue for about a kilometre to pass The Lough (2) on your left (grid ref. NU137429). The onward route loops to the left here with dunes to your right and continues to a junction with a track (grid ref. NU129432).

(3) Do not turn left down the track but continue ahead on the path. Which soon loops left and takes you to the causeway road (grid ref. NU124425). Turn right along the road and take the first path on your left. This continues along the coast back to the centre of the village(D/A).

Waypoints :
D/A : km 0 - alt. km 0
1 : km 1.8 - alt. km 1.8 - Lindisfarne Castle
2 : km 3.37 - alt. km 3.37 - The Lough
3 : km 4.44 - alt. km 4.44 - Continue ahead
D/A : km 6.98 - alt. km 6.98

Useful Information

Holy Island, off the Northumberland coast, has many historic connections and sees many tourists. However once away from the village and Lindisfarne Castle you will enjoy some wild coastal scenery in relative solitude. Holy Island is cut off from the mainland at high tide so careful planning is required before starting this walk, which should take under three hours. Ideally you need to cross the causeway just as the road becomes passable on a falling tide. Safe crossing times are available here. Remember the road is closed for about seven hours between tides so do allow enough time to cross back to the mainland to avoid being stranded on the island.

Hikideas and this author cannot be held responsible in the case of accidents or problems occuring on this walk.

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