Due to the Covid-19 outbreak, we are unable to bring you our usual programme of activity for Northumberland Day 2020. However, what we do have are some competitions and a special image for you to share on social media. Head to our 2020 Zone page to find these. You will also find two education packs on our Education page, which you can use with your children whilst home schooling or just wanting to know more about Northumberland.
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Northumberland Day Walk: Pilgrim’s Way to Holy Island (Lindisfarne)
26th May 2019 @ 11:15 am - 5:00 pm£7.50 – £15
The tides are in our favour for this year’s Northumberland Day, allowing for a Northumberland Day walk, guided by Footsteps Northumberland, across the sands to Holy Island, or Lindisfarne as it is also known.
This is literally an opportunity to walk in the footsteps of Saints and early Christians, taking the route of the ancient Pilgrim’s Way – the route the early Christians would have taken to reach LIndisfarne 1500 years ago.
Barefoot walking has become much talked-about in recent years and this is your chance to get some of those sensations from the soles of your feet as they tread the wet sand that the receding tide has left behind, in true pilgrim fashion. If you wish to opt for footwear, wellies are probably the best bet.
En route, you will encounter the seals that make the seas around this part of Northumberland their home and will also be able to gain sense of place through stories about the 7th century King (Saint) Oswald, St Aidan and Cuthbert. These names are synonymous with Northumbrian history and could not be told at a better time than when you are walking in their footsteps.
Coffee and cake will be enjoyed on the island before heading back to the mainland to tell everyone you know about your incredible Northumberland Day out.
This amazing experience takes 5-6 hours and is an 8-mile (12km) excursion, walking out to the island and back. If you can make alternative arrangements to travel back, you need not join the rest of the group on the return leg of the walk. You should bring along water and snacks and also take some money for refreshments whilst on Holy Island. Pack something warm to wear, as well as a spirit of adventure!
There are only 20 places available, so do not delay in booking! Thanks to a new booking facility, tickets can be booked and paid for online, at http://www.footstepsnorthumberland.co.uk Adults pay £15 and young people aged 12-18 can take part for £7.50. Children under the age of 12 go free-of-charge, but the walk may not be suitable for under-5s.