Pilgrim’s Causeway – July 2024


Date: Saturday 27 July 2024
Time: 11:15 (Start of safe crossing on causeway)
Distance: 8 miles
Difficulty: Moderate (due to distance, no hills)

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Pilgrim’s Causeway

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This is walk is a firm favourite of many of our walkers.  This time, we will start on the island and take the Pilgrim’s Causeway over to the mainland.  We will enjoy our picnic lunch before returning to the island.

Please note – car park charges are £9.50 for all day – I would suggest car sharing where possible.  There is the option of parking near the Lindisfarne Inn and car sharing across to the island.

Hills: General - AscentKey0-98x27 No hills
Distance: General - DistanceKey1-98x27 Medium distance
Grade: General - GradeKey1-98x27 Moderate (distance)
Map: General - 340-HolyIslandBamburgh-Map-thumb
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The start

When the tide is right we will set off down the road to the start of the causeway. There is a seat at the start of the causeway, which is a convenient spot to take off our shoes or put on wellies (it can be quite wet) ready for the Pilgrim’s Way experience.

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Walking the Pilgrim’s Causeway

Walking close to the guide poles, we will cross the sands to the mainland.  If we are lucky, we will see, and maybe even hear, the seals in the distance.

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Once on the mainland we have a short time to have lunch, before returning along the same route.

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There should be plenty of time on the mainland, before we need to return, but you  must be ready to leave when instructed, for obvious safety reasons.

When we get back to the island, there should still be time to explore the village before the safe crossing time for cars. Please keep an eye on the time. You don’t want to get stuck on the island for several hours.

Places along the way

Pilgrim’s Causeway

The Pilgrim’s Causeway has been in use since the year 635, when the monastery was established.  This was the only way to reach  before the current road causeway was built in 1954.

Lindisfarne (Holy Island)

Lindisfarne is a small island with a lot of history.  St Cuthbert, St Aidan, Lindisfarne Castle and Lindisfarne Priory.

St Cuthbert lived here for 10 years before moving to Inner Farne to follow a calling he had to become a hermit.  At the age of 50 he reluctantly became a Bishop and travelled the region before returning to Inner Farne, where he died.  His body was brought back to Lindisfarne to be buried.  However, this was not his final resting place.

King Oswald (later St Oswald) summoned St Aidan to become bishop of his kingdom.  St Aidan formed a monastery on Lindisfarne of which the priory was part.

Lindisfarne Castle is a 16th century castle.  After centuries in defence of Lindisfarne, it was converted to a home in 1901 by Sir Edwin Lutyens.  A walled garden was created soon after by Gertrude Jekyll.

More recently, Lindisfarne has become the end of St Cuthbert’s way, the long distance path that starts at Melrose in Scotland.

The island is cut off from the mainland twice a day, when the tide comes in.  Please check the tide times before crossing, or you might get stuck there for several hours.


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This shows the start location for this walk.

Nearest postcode: TD15 2SE
OS Grid Reference: NU 12614 42336
What3Words: ///arrival.arena.sometimes
Safe crossing times: 11:15 until 18:20
Meet: In the car park
Toilets: In the Coach Car Park
Parking: Charges up to £9.50 per day (there is a card machine available).