A circular walk on Holy Island of Lindisfarne showcasing its typical Northumberland beaches, windswept dunes, its famous attractions such as Lindisfarne Castle and a breath of fresh air!
Set off on a quiet route along the dunes and shores of the northern side of the island, away from the crowds. Visit North Shore, Coves Haven and Sandham Bay that are typical Northumberland beaches. Pass Castle Point and Lindisfarne Castle on the way and stop in one of the cosy cafés for a traditional cream tea. Watch the variety of birds on the coast, breathe in the fresh sea air and enjoy the coastal scenery.
In the afternoon you are free to explore the many attractions Holy Island has to offer, including the Gertrude Jekyll Garden which is located to the north of the castle or St Aidan's Winery, where you can sample Lindisfarne Mead, a locally produced alcoholic beverage.
If you are looking to visit Lindisfarne Castle this needs to be booked in advance, which can be done here: https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/features/how-to-book-your-visit-and-what-to-expect#How%20to%20book
If you wish to carry a hardcopy map, we would recommend buying the St Cuthbert's Way map published by Harvey Map. Alternatively, you may wish to print the daily maps directly from our app.
If you wish to bring a guidebook, we would recommend St Cuthbert's Way Rucksack Reader.
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This walk covers some distance over open land with little in the way of shelter from the elements so check the forecast and speak to locals if you do decide to set out on a bad weather day.
When walking on minor roads without pavement it is important to take good care. Although the roads and lanes can be quiet it's always best to walk on the right to face any oncoming traffic and make yourself as visible as possible.
Tips and hints
Points of Interest
The dune system (known as The Links) and three beaches on the northern side of Holy Island
A 16th-century castle located on Holy Island, near Berwick-upon-Tweed, Northumberland, England, much altered by Sir Edwin Lutyens in 1901. Please note if you are looking to visit the castle this needs to be booked in advance
This is a remote and little known sandy beach is located on the far (northern) side of Holy Island. Backed by high sand dunes there are steep cliffs at the eastern end, both of which provide shelter from the wind.
Castle Head Rocks
A headland of flat volcanic rock that can be walked on and – if it is high tide – is a great place to enjoy dramatic waves crashing below
A white pyramid that guides ships, it is surrounded by benches and a perfect spot for a break.
Good comfortable boots or walking shoes are recommended. The ground can be quite soft and the paths are well used by walkers and riders. Whilst the terrain is not particularly difficult it can be muddy with some waterlogged stretches after heavy rain. Walking poles are an option if preferred. The British weather is changeable so waterproofs should also be carried just in case.
Ensure your phone is fully charged; if you doubt the battery will last throughout the hike, it might be beneficial to bring a power bank.