Photographer's Note

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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Additional Photos by marion morgan (jester5) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 97 W: 66 N: 609] (2024)
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