3.4 of 5 (11 votes)

Walk to Holy Island

A moderate walk (coast) in Northumberland, England, about 19.40km (12.05 mi) long with an estimated walking time of about 5:45h. It is unsuitable for families with children, prams & pushchairs, wheelchairs.
Elevation Profile
Ascent 30m (98ft)
Descent 33m (108ft)
Max. Elevation 30m (98ft)
Altitude Gain & Loss 63m (206ft)
Start & End
Beal, Northumberland
Distance 19.40km
Duration ~5:45h
Car Free Walks TeamCreated by Timwoods on 25 Dec 2011
Holy Island, also known as Lindisfarne, lies just off the Northumberland coast. It's famous for its seabirds, ancient ruins, and wild nature. It is accessible via buses running between Newcastle and Berwick. From the stop at Beal on the A1, it's a pleasant walk through Beal to the coast, then the famous causeway crossing, followed by time to explore the island before heading back. With tide times to consider as well, it's a walk that will take some planning to ensure you have time on the island - consider spending a night on the island - but it's well worth the effort. On some days, buses connect from Beal bus stop to the island, giving you more time to explore: check www.lindisfarne.org.uk/general/hibus.htm. The walk from Beal is enjoyable in itself though, and builds up the anticipation as you see Holy Island loom ahead across the waters.

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Take the bus from Newcastle or Berwick to Beal. On certain days a connecting service goes on to Holy Island, but times vary due to tides; check www.lindisfarne.org.uk/general/hibus.htm for times. Otherwise you can walk across the causeway.
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Follow the road (also the St Cuthbert's Way) to Beal village.
About 1.55 km (~0.96 miles) from
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Time to check if you read the tide times correctly. If it's clear, cross the causeway to the island - a unique walkin experience!
About 1.29 km (~0.8 miles) from
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When you reach the island, simply follow the road.
About 1.54 km (~0.96 miles) from
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The road hugs the southern side of the island, to the small village.
About 2.12 km (~1.32 miles) from
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The main centre is where you will find the remains of the ol priory, plus the visitor centre - more info here: www.lindisfarne.org.uk
About 1.56 km (~0.97 miles) from
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A footpath follows the coast around the island, giving you the chance to explore and look for the famous seabirds that nest on the cliffs and rocks at sea.
About 1.29 km (~0.8 miles) from
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Round to the north side...
About 1.59 km (~0.99 miles) from
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...then round to rejoin the road back. Again important that you have checked the tide times and get get back across. an alternative is to stay overnight on the island; plenty of places to choose from: www.lindisfarne.org.uk/accommodation.htm
About 1.54 km (~0.96 miles) from
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Recross the causeway to the mainland
About 2.61 km (~1.62 miles) from
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Return to Beal to catch the bus home.
About 3.90 km (~2.42 miles) from

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