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Holy Island Village, Coast, Castle and Harbour - Circular Walk.

Introduction

This short walk around the southern part of Holy Island is less than 3 miles long, but has stunning views and sites steeped in history.

The walk is mostly flat and on good paths, tracks and roads.

** When travelling to Holy it is important to check causeway crossing times before you set off.

Walk

We started this walk from the village centre car park, but in busy periods you may have to park in the large car park on the outskirts, in which case the walk is a little longer.

Leave the car park at the pedestrian exit in the N.E. corner and walk north along a tarmac road until you reach a farm.

Turn right, still on a tarmac road and continue towards the coast. After a short distance the road becomes a track.

Soon you will reach the brow of a small hill and the east coast of the island will come into sight.

Where the track joins a footpath turn right and walk south.

This footpath is the trackbed of the old wagonway which was used to transport limestone from the north of the island to the Castle Lime Kilns where it was burned with coal brought in from the sea.

From here on a clear day you can see for miles down the Northumberland Coast to Bamburgh Castle and beyond.

The track swings right towards the castle, but a short detour onto the shoreline affords one of the best views of the Castle and Lime Kilns.

The Lime Kilns are very well preserved and an information board explains the history of them and how they worked.

From the Lime Kilns follow the path up to the castle and the famous upturned boat houses.

If visiting the castle the entrance and admission hut are here.

There are two paths from here the main path from the castle entrance and coastal side or to the rear inland side. Both meet up again in the west side of the castle and exit via a gate.

Whichever path you choose, a detour to the shore here reveals the remains of the old jetty and the classic photographers view of Lindisfarne Castle.

From here follow the path around the bay to the harbour and pier. On the way the remains of Lindisfarne Priory will be seen and more upturned boat huts on the shore.

Beyond the pier is a headland where a seat provides stunning views down the coast to Bamburgh, across the bay to the castle and to the Cheviot Hills on the mainland.

From the harbour walk via the priory and village down to the west shoreline for more views across Holy Island Sands to the Northumberland Coast.

From here, walk back through the village to your starting point.

Notes

Good walking boots or shoes needed especially if venturing onto the shore around the castle where care is needed.

Check causeway crossing times and allow yourself plenty of time or you will end up with a lengthy stay until the next low tide!

Car parks are both pay and display (3.00 per day when we visited)

Map - Ordnance Survey Landranger sheet 75, Berwick-upon-Tweed.

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Lindisfarne Castle
Lindisfarne Castle seen from just outside
the village centre car park.

Looking back along the track that leads to the coast.
Looking back along the track that leads to the coast.

Looking along the track to the coost.

Looking along the track to the coast.
Looking along the track to the coast.

The wagonway to Lindisfarne Castle.
The old wagonway to Lindisfarne Castle. Bamburgh Castle is seen in the distance.

The wagonway to Lindisfarne Castle.
The old wagonway to Lindisfarne Castle.

Lindisfarne Castle and Lime Kilns.
Lindisfarne Castle and Lime Kilns.

Lindisfarne Castle
Lindisfarne Castle.
Lindisfarne Castle
Lindisfarne Castle.
Lindisfarne Castle
Lindisfarne Castle.
Upturned boat huts at Lindisfarne Castle.
Upturned boat huts at Lindisfarne Castle.
Lindisfarne Castle
Lindisfarne Castle

Lindisfarne Castle
Lindisfarne Castle

View to village and Lindisfarne Priory.
View to village and Lindisfarne Priory.

Lindisfarne Castle seen across the bay.
Lindisfarne Castle seen across the bay.

Harbour pier and castle across the bay.
Harbour pier and castle across the bay.

View from pier towards village and Priory.
View from pier towards village and Priory.

View across Holy Island Sands.
View across Holy Island Sands.

View to the harbour from old moorings.
View to the harbour from old moorings.

View across the bay.
View across the bay.

Upturned boat huts on shore.
Upturned boat huts on shore.

Harbour pier.
Harbour pier.

Seat witha view near pier.
Seat with a view near pier.

Lindisfarne Priory.
Lindisfarne Priory.

Street corner in village.
Street corner in village.


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