Around Holy Island – Apr 2024


Date: Saturday 13 April 2024
Time:  10.00am
Distance: 6 miles
Difficulty:  Easy

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Around Holy Island

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This walk takes us around Holy Island.  It is intended to enable us to see all parts of the island as well as admire some of the amazing bird life.


Hills: General - AscentKey0-98x27 No hills
Distance: General - DistanceKey1-98x27 Medium distance
Grade: General - GradeKey1-98x27 Easy
Map: General - 340-HolyIslandBamburgh-Map-thumb
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The Start

We will meet at the information point in the car park and then walk out to The Heugh, to visit The Lookout, the War Memorial and the lighthouse.

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Our route will continue anti-clockwise around the island. Passing the Window on the Wild first.  This is our first opportunity to watch some of the many birds we will see during the day.

Window on Wild

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The Visitor Centre, built to highlight the island’s abundant bird life, has a large north-facing window providing views across the Site of Special Scientific Interest, while interpretation boards provide information about wildlife on the island. The bird-friendly structure has pockets built into the back-bedded stonework to encourage nesting, and the glazing is mesh-coated to reflect UV radiation and help prevent bird strike.

Lindisfarne Castle

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We walk around the outskirts of Lindisfarne Castle.  The Castle recently underwent a £3 million restoration of Lindisfarne Castle  During the restoration they discovered beautiful, intricate wall paintings that they believe are likely to date back to the mid–late 17th Century.

Castle Point Lime Kilns

The lime kilns at Castle Point are a Scheduled Ancient Monument. They are some of the largest examples of their kind anywhere in the country and certainly the largest actively-conserved kilns in the area.

You can walk around the kilns and if you are brave you can squeeze through one of the openings and look upwards.

Gertrude Jekyll Garden

After following the path around the coastline our next area to visit will be the Gertrude Jekyll garden.  

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Gertrude Jekyll,  the Arts and Crafts garden designer, writer and artist created this small walled garden in 1911 alongside Edwin Lutyen.

Emmanuel Head

Emmanuel Head is a white pyramid which is visible around the island.  The pyramid was built around 1810 and is 45 foot in height.  There are seats on 3 sides where you can sit and watch the birds from different directions.  We stop here for a break.

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Continuing on

We will follow the footpath and explore different parts of the coastline, including the Green Shiel and North Shore.  It should even be possible to drop onto the beach for a short while.

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We will walk through the dunes and if we are lucky we may see a roe deer.  After walking through the dunes, we will drop back to the Pilgrim’s Causeway.  It is an iconic sight. Many of you will have walked across the Causeway with us.

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Once back there will be time to grab food or go exploring to one of the many areas we will have shown you.

Our favourite tearoom of choice is the 1st Class Food Holy Island.

This is an interesting and varied walk and we hope to see you there.

Julie and Martin x

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This shows the start location for this walk.

Nearest postcode: TD15 2PD
OS Grid Reference: NU 05361 42030
What3Words: ///limelight.pirates.centrally
Safe crossing times: 9.50am until 5pm

Meet: On the road adjacent to Lindisfarne Service Station.
Toilets: In Lindisfarne Service Station. In the bus car park on the Island.
Parking: Parking is free on the road next to the Service Station. We will meet here and then car share on to the Island. Parking on the Island is £9.50 per day.