Virtual Holy Island
Author: Dorothy Tutin
Layout: Geoff Porter
Holy Island Coat of Arms
OUR FAVOURITE WALKS - AROUND THE ISLAND
AngloSaxon architecture - 'Saxon Door' This webpage operates in conjuction with the 'virtual-island' map. The map shows the most popular walks on the island and links to this page via 'way points'. We hope that you find our illustrated background information helpful in planning your walk/s around the island and all the more enjoyable.
 
But first a word of caution. Holy Island is a remote area so take a mobile phone with you in case you need to call for help. Ideally let someone know your walking plan and when you expect to be back. In some places, unless you know the 'lie of the land' you might become disorientated far quicker than you might expect. There are no toilets out there!
 
Beware of leaving the village confines after nightfall or if foggy conditions threaten. If there is no moon and the sky is overcast the night will be pitch black and you will not see your hand in front of your eyes without a torch. Whatever time of day, if foggy conditions threaten get back to the village by the most direct route.
UNDER CONSTRUCTION - SPRING 2010
The virtual-island information pages are provided in good faith for the guidance of visitors - virtual or otherwise.
 
Conditions can vary considerably from day-to-day and we do not accept liability for problems arising from errors, misinformation or misinterpretation. In this respect, please feel free to contact us if you feel that we have already made any mistakes.

FROM CAR PARK TO CASTLE
(approximately 3 miles over paved routes)
 
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This is a leisurely walk beginning from the Visitors' Car Park
 
( A ) Visitor Car Park: From the Car Park the road is followed to the left along tree-lined Chare Ends towards the village. Here visitors will notice a variety of styles of housing and particularly in migration periods the profusion of birds (often rarities) resting and feeding in the trees, bushes and gardens.
 
Take the first turning on the left at the Lindisfarne Hotel into Green Lane which has been shown by recent archaeological investigation to be a Medieval Street with evidence of a row of cottages along the right-hand side where the new houses have been built by the Island's Development Trust.
 
On the left is the Roman Catholic Church of St. Aidan, recently refurbished with newly installed stained glass windows rescued from a Tyneside Church during the war, beautiful modern carved wooden furniture and above all an air of tranquillity.
 
( I ) Coach Park:Beyond this is the Coach and disabled drivers park (I) complete with toilet block which could be wisely visited as there are no toilet facilities along the remainder of the walk.
 
Continue to the T-junction and pause a while by the field gate to enjoy the view, possibly the most spectacular in the North of England with Longstone Lighthouse, Lindisfarne Castle, the sea, the Farne Islands and to the south distant Bamburgh Castle forming a magnificent backdrop to the lush fields, the grazing sheep, the Rocket Pool and the ever-moving tapestry of birds.
 
From the gate turn right along Sandham Lane past the coastguard houses built in the 1950s on the left whilst on the right are much older buildings reputed to date from the 17th century and originally providing accommodation for the garrison at the Castle with the Captain of the guard in Seaburn house and the troops barracked in the 3-storey terrace beyond.
 
At the end of the lane turn left, heading downhill towards the harbour passing on the right a house designed by Edward Lutyens for staff from the Castle and recently restored by the National Trust, and on the left 2 small stone buildings housing the electricity sub-station and the coast-guard equipment. On the right-hand side at the lowest point in the road stands a pump attached to a well which was the life-blood of the Island for centuries. Even as late as the 1950s the women of the Island could be seen carrying buckets of water from the pump with a yoke across their shoulders or possibly using a garrid, a frame made of wood  to hold buckets away from their legs to permit easier movement. Rumour has it that a young man who carried water for his sweetheart was bound to marry, but I have never met any Islander prepared to confirm the tale, though surely there must have been some of those strong men willing to help.
 
( * ) Harbour: The Harbour (traditionally known as the Ooze) Follow the road towards the Castle noting the open vista of farmland to the north, and to the south the harbour with fishing boats at anchor and pleasure craft bobbing - unless the tide is out in which case they will be languishing in the mud. Beyond the Ooze lies the sand-bank Long Rig, sometimes accessible on foot and sometimes completely beneath the waves depending on the state of the tide. If you decide to cross do so with caution. The tides are swift and dangerous. On the Rig the waders, ducks and shags gather to rest and feed beyond the reach of Tourist hustle and bustle and intrepid hunter gatherers wade across to gather buckets of whelks or winkles to the delectation of those who enjoy this ancient and traditional delicacy. Beyond it the Black Law
 
( H ) Lindisfarne Castle:
 

FROM CAR PARK TO CASTLEHEAD
 
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( A + I ) Car Park and Coach Park:
 
( J ) St Coombes Farm:
 
( D ) Dunes End:
 
( h ) Castlehead:
 
( c ) Sandham Cove:
 
( b ) The Lime Quarry:
 
( d ) Coves Haven:
 

FROM CAR PARK TO LOUGH
 
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( A + I + J ) Car Park + Coachpark + Coombes Farm:
 
( a ) Cottage:
 
( G ) Crooked Lonnen (East):
 
( F ) The Lough:
 

EMMANUAL HEAD
 
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( E ) North East Corner:
 
( * ) Emmanual Head:
 

FROM CAR PARK TO GREEN SHIEL
 
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( A ) Car Park:
 
( C ) The Golf Course:
 
( e ) Green Shiel:
 

WESTWARD PLACES
 
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( g ) Snook House:
 
( f ) North Beach:
 
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