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Holy Island

The Holy Island of Lindisfarne is a unique and historic destination located less than an hour away from Percy Wood Country Park. This small tidal island has been an important site of Christian pilgrimage for over 1,300 years, and it is steeped in history and religious significance.

Visitors to Lindisfarne can explore the island’s fascinating history, which includes the ruins of a medieval priory and a 16th-century castle. The priory was once home to the famous Lindisfarne Gospels, a beautifully illuminated manuscript that is considered one of the most important works of art from the Anglo-Saxon period. The castle, on the other hand, was built in the 16th century to protect the island from Scottish invaders and it offers stunning views of the surrounding coastline.

One of the unique features of the Holy Island of Lindisfarne is its tidal causeway, which is only accessible at low tide. Visitors must plan their visit accordingly to avoid getting stranded on the island when the tide comes in. The causeway itself is a fascinating feature, as it is submerged twice a day by the North Sea and provides a stunning backdrop for a coastal walk.

Aside from its historic and religious significance, Lindisfarne is also known for its stunning natural beauty. The island is a designated National Nature Reserve, with a diverse range of habitats that include sand dunes, salt marshes, and mudflats. Visitors can explore the island’s natural beauty on foot, by bike, or even by horse-drawn carriage.

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