Walk n103 Emmanuel Head on Holy Island (Lindisfarne)

One of the centres of the ancient Christian world


Route outline for walk n103:

Holy Island (Lindisfarne) Car Park  -  The Priory  -  The St Cuthbert's Way  -  Lindisfarne Castle  -  Emannuel Head  -  Holy Island (Lindisfarne) Car Park



Points of Interest/Notes on this walk:

Holy Island (Lindisfarne) is one of Northumberland's most popular tourist attractions & gets very busy in the summer months. The winter offers relative quiet & seclusion with a wealth of bird life

The Causeway is impassable 2 hrs before & 31/2 hrs after high tide. The tide comes in surprisingly quickly & no attempt should be made to cross during these times. Check locally for tide timings. If you do choose to walk across (following the line of posts that poke out of the water) make sure you have plenty of time. The tide time tables are for cars on the road, not for walkers on the sands which of course flood first. Knock 1hr off either end of the safe crossing time & allow at least 11/2 hrs for the crossing itself. Some of the 'going' is very soft & squelchy (and smelly) & therefore not fast walking. Despite wearing Wellington Boots the water is often deep enough to come over the top. If you go barefoot the water is very, very cold - even in Summer. This is the North Sea after all. Oh, & don't walk too close to the poles, the eddy effect of the tide swirling round them results in waist deep depressions.

National Trails & Long Paths included on this walk:

Part of this walk follows a section of The St Cuthbert's Way, a 100km (62 miles) linear footpath connecting Melrose Abbey in The Borders, Scotland with Holy Island (Lindisfarne) in Northumberland, England. The St Cuthbert's Way is waymarked by a Celtic Cross. For more walks that include a section of this trail see The St Cuthbert's Way.



You can find more walks near this one on these unique free-to-access Interactive Walk Planning Maps: (click/TAP to select)


1:25,000 scale OS Explorer Map (the ones with orange/yellow covers):

340 Holy Island & Bamburgh


1:50,000 scale OS Landranger Map (the ones with pink/magenta covers):

75 Berwick-Upon-Tweed Holy Island & Wooler


Some Photos and Pictures from Walk n103 Emmanuel Head on Holy Island (Lindisfarne)

In no particular order . . .

Walk n103 Emmanuel Head on Holy Island (Lindisfarne) - Lindisfarne Castle on Holy Island from The St Cuthbert's Way

Lindisfarne Castle on Holy Island from The St Cuthbert's Way

Photo: David wright (259)

Walk n103 Emmanuel Head on Holy Island (Lindisfarne) - On Lindisfarne (Holy Island)

On Lindisfarne (Holy Island)

Photo: Geoff Marston (6)

Walk n103 Emmanuel Head on Holy Island (Lindisfarne) - The Pilgrim's Path across Holy Island Sands to Holy Island (Lindisfarne) - the end of The St Cuthbert's Way

The Pilgrim's Path across Holy Island Sands to Holy Island (Lindisfarne) - the end of The St Cuthbert's Way

Photo: Alan Howland (2)

Walk n103 Emmanuel Head on Holy Island (Lindisfarne) - The St Cuthbert's Way Information Plaque at Lindisfarne Priory on Holy Island

The St Cuthbert's Way Information Plaque at Lindisfarne Priory on Holy Island

Photo: David wright (258)

Walk n103 Emmanuel Head on Holy Island (Lindisfarne) - St Cuthbert at Lindisfarne Priory - The St Cuthbert's Way on Holy Island

St Cuthbert at Lindisfarne Priory - The St Cuthbert's Way on Holy Island

Photo: David wright (256)

Walk n103 Emmanuel Head on Holy Island (Lindisfarne) - Lindisfarne Priory from The St Cuthbert's Way on Holy Island

Lindisfarne Priory from The St Cuthbert's Way on Holy Island

Photo: David wright (257)


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