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Holy Island & Lindisfarne Castle Circular

County/Area - Northumberland County

Author - Lou Johnson

Length - 4.3 miles / 7 km

Ascent - 100 feet / 30 metres

Grade - easy

Start - OS grid reference NU125423
Lat 55.67404 // Long -1.802815
Postcode TD15 2SX (approx. location only)
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Route Outline

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 from tourist information. 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.

GPS Files - Notes

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GPS files do not show topography and dangerous terrain and should be used in conjunction with paper maps. Suitable maps are listed below. The preferred scale is 1:25000 especially in hilly and mountainous areas.

These walks have been published for use by site visitors on the understanding that Walking Britain is not held responsible for the safety or well being of those following the routes as described. It is worth reiterating the point that you should embark on a walk with the correct maps preferably at 1:25000 scale. This will enable any difficulties with route finding to be assessed and corrective action taken if necessary.

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Ordnance Survey Explorer 340Sheet Map1:25kBUY
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It is recommended you take a map. The preferred scale is 1:25k.

Other walks nearby

Walk 3242 Holy Island - Lindisfarne Castle & Emmanuel Head - easy - 4.4 miles/7.2 km

Walk 2738 Budle Bay from Bamburgh - easy - 4.0 miles/6.5 km

Walk 3522 Bamburgh Castle circular - easy/mod - 7.5 miles/12.2 km

Walk 2677 A circuit of Doddington Moor - easy - 3.8 miles/6.2 km

Walk 1199 Dunstanburgh Castle from Craster - easy - 4.5 miles/7.3 km

Further Information

Stay Safe

Do enjoy yourself when out walking and choose a route that is within your capabilities especially with regard to navigation.

Do turn back if the weather deteriorates especially in winter or when visibility is poor.

Do wear the right clothing for the anticipated weather conditions. If the weather is likely to change for the worse make sure you have enough extra clothing in your pack.

Do tell someone where you are planning to walk especially in areas that see few other walkers.

Do take maps and other navigational aids. Do not rely on mobile devices in areas where reception is poor. Take spare batteries especially in cold weather.

Do check the weather forecast before leaving. The Met Office has a number of forecasts for walkers that identify specific weather risks.

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