Have a stopover and experience island’s magic
Following further causeway strandings, a north Northumberland landmark is continuing its quest to highlight safety.
Lindisfarne Priory on Holy Island can only be reached by travelling along the causeway in low tide, and, after more reports of people being caught out by the tide, English Heritage is working with the coastguard to raise awareness of the crucial safe crossing times.
Earlier this summer, the Vikings visited Lindisfarne Priory, bringing with them a message about causeway safety and respecting the tide times.
Now English Heritage is offering a 50 per cent discount at Lindisfarne Priory, to anyone who visits while the causeway is closed.
In addition to this special offer, staying on the island a little longer offers people a unique opportunity to explore its many hidden gems, including an abundance of wildlife, beaches and walks, away from the crowds that descend when the causeway re-opens. Visitors can now check the tide times via the Lindisfarne Priory website.
Sue Hurrell, site manager at Lindisfarne Priory, said: “A visit to Lindisfarne doesn’t have to end when the causeway is closed and this is why English Heritage has created a special discount offer for the Priory, ideal for anyone hoping to spend a bit longer on Holy Island.
“Lindisfarne is the perfect place to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life and we hope to encourage people to soak up the atmosphere in the stunning Priory ruins and enjoy all that the island as a whole has to offer.”
Holy Island Coastguard station officer Ryan Douglas said: “We had another incident on the causeway just the other week, where people ignored the warnings and ended up having to be airlifted from their car. I would urge people to check the tide times before they visit and do not drive into the water – it’s far deeper than people often realise and they are putting their lives at risk.
“We often find that people panic before the causeway closes and feel they have to dash off the island without realising that they can often spend the afternoon here and enjoy what we call a stopover, leaving once the causeway re-opens.
“Lindisfarne has always been a place of pilgrimage and a special place that people can escape to – spending an afternoon on the island when the crossing times fall in this way is the most magical time to visit, away from the crowds.”
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