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Gallery 1 > North-East of England > Holy Island & Lindisfarne, Northumberland

01.  Refuge Hut, Pilgrims Way

 

02.  Painting With Light, Holy Island Causeway

 

03.  Star Trails, Holy Island Causeway

 

04.  Statue Of St. Aiden

17.  Aurora Borealis, Upturned Boat Huts

 

18.  AstroScape, Lindisfarne Castle  

 

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13.  On The Rocks, Lindisfarne Castle

 

14.  Low Tide, Lindisfarne Castle

 

15.  Priory Ruins, from the Heughs

 

16.  Perseid Meteor, Holy Island Causeway

09.  Parish Church Of St. Mary The Virgin

 

10.  Searching For The Milky Way

 

11.  Abandoned Coble, Holy Island Harbour

 

12.  Gateway To Lindisfarne Castle

05.  Statue Of St. Aiden

 

06.  Fishermans Blues

 

07.  Lindisfarne Priory Grounds

 

08.  Entrance To Lindisfarne Priory

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The Holy Island of Lindisfarne is a tidal island off the northeast coast of England. It is also known just as Holy Island. It constitutes the civil parish of Holy Island in Northumberland. Holy Island has a recorded history from the 6th century. It was an important centre of Celtic Christianity under Saints Aidan of Lindisfarne, Cuthbert, Eadfrith of Lindisfarne and Eadberht of Lindisfarne. After Viking invasions and the Norman conquest of England a priory was reestablished. A small castle was built on the island in 1550.

 

Warning signs urge visitors walking to the island to keep to the marked path, check tide times and weather carefully and to seek local advice if in doubt. For drivers, tide tables are prominently displayed at both ends of the causeway and also where the Holy Island road leaves the A1 Great North Road at Beal. The causeway is generally open from about three hours after high tide until two hours before the next high tide, but the period of closure may be extended during stormy weather. Tide tables giving the safe crossing periods are published by Northumberland County council.

 

Despite these warnings, about one vehicle each month is stranded on the causeway, requiring rescue by HM Coastguard, Seahouses Royal National Lifeboat Institution lifeboat, or RAF helicopter. A sea rescue costs approximately £1,900 (equivalent to £2,224 in 2015, while an air rescue costs more than £4,000 (equivalent to £4,681 in 2015. Locals have opposed a causeway barrier primarily on convenience grounds.