Holy Island (Lindisfarne) is only accessible by crossing a causeway at low tide. As you approach the causeway you will notice a straight line of poles. These mark the Pilgrims Way which was used many years ago by the Pilgrims before the manmade causeway was made in 1954 and extended in 1965. Even today people still choose to walk this way across the sands. Before you plan your trip across to the Island make sure you check the Safe Crossing Times If you do happen to cross and get caught by the tide phone for help and get to safety in the refuge box where it has been know for the water to rise up to the top step during high tide. Every year people get caught out by not abiding by the safe times to cross, only last May 3 separate incidents occured with a short space of each other where people got stranded
While staying on the CL. at Snitter Farm, near Rothbury, Easter 2007, we had an afternoon BBQ. Nick's sister and husband joined us and as it was glorious weather,, we sat out all day. Louise and Ian arrived around 11.15 am, the same time as we first noted a small amount of smoke in the distance. We kept our eyes on it and sure enough, a little later, the first of the fire engines was called out. Throughout the afternoon, a constant procession of fire vehicles went passed on the main road. The problem was, there are no roads where the fire had started.
By late afternoon, we could actually see flames with our naked eyes. By the early evening, the smoke cloud was massive, like an atomic bomb mushroom cloud. It totally blocked the sun for a while, every so often it would make a gallant attempt to peep it's way through but a little later, we lost the sunlight for good.
We later read that over 8 kilometres of woodland and moorland had burnt, one village nearly having to be evacuated. Helicopters were dropping water on the blaze and the army was involved in the massive operation. Indeed, we passed fire engines the next day racing to the scene, the wind had escalated and fires were breaking out in many places. How those fire crews must have worked. I suspect every fire crew from miles around was involved.
Do not light fires on open moorland or forests!!!
The tide comes in very quickly and you have to be careful or you could end up with a nice hotel bill if you are standed on the Holy Island of Lindisfarne! Alternatively if you need to get on to the island you could have a long wait.
It is great fun to watch and be part of it. There were quite a few onlookers when we were there.
a mysterious gibbet , memorial for William Winter, the last gibbeted man in England.
The area around the gibbet is the reputed haunt of the
" Brown Man of the moor" (red-haired fairy or dwarf ??)
Here is a another picture showing the tide coming in quite fast.
Holy Island is in the distance.
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