Warning signs urge visitors walking to the island of Lindisfarne 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 where the Holy Island road leaves the A1 Great North Road at Beal. The causeway is generally open from about 3 hours after high tide until 2 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, while an air rescue costs more than £4,000. Locals have opposed a causeway barrier primarily on convenience grounds.
The box on stilts on the left is known locally as an idiot box for those who ignore all the warnings.
It is also possible to walk across the sands at low tide following the old pilgrim route and marked by staves to show the way.
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willperrett (10405) 2014-05-07 6:28
By chance, for the first time in my life, I travelled over this causeway last week! I've got very similar shots I think, though I haven't had time to go through the RAW files as yet. I'll be posting some from Holy Island in due course no doubt. Your photograph certainly tells it like it is: bleakly beautiful. Is that blue sky?? Actually come to think of it, we had a couple of hours of sun too! This image looks as though the cyan channel is slightly too favoured; otherwise an excellent atmospheric shot.