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Lindisfarne Castle walk


Uncover Lindisfarne’s often-forgotten industrial past where a busy lime industry operated in the shadow of the castle in the late 19th century.

Along with the massive Lime Kilns, networks of trackways remain leading to all parts of the island, making this a great walk for exploring.

Walking near Lindisfarne Castle
There is more than just the Castle to see around Lindisfarne National Trust Images / John Millar


Map route for Lindisfarne Castle walk
© Crown copyright and database rights 2013 Ordnance Survey


Lindisfarne Castle property entrance gate, grid ref: NU136417


Enter the gate into the field, pausing to read the information board about the castle site before deciding on your next step. For the longer route, follow the road to the left which will take you on ground level towards the Lime Kilns. For a shorter route which avoids steps, going up the hill to the right will take you to the kilns past the castle entrance, bringing you to point 6 on the map.


Another choice presents itself here. To your left is the path to the garden, but beware, the field can be very muddy or indeed totally flooded, hence its name The Stank. For a short detour, the steps to the right lead to the castle, or you continue straight ahead to point 3.


Here you will see a pond to your left, where certain species of newt are known to call home. If you are very lucky, you may see swans paddling among the reeds. At one stage, Edward Hudson wanted to flood this area and make an ornamental lake. This proved to be too costly and the Gertrude Jekyll garden was planted instead.


After the pond, you will arrive at a small bridge. By passing under it you can get to the kilns, although you will see it is possible to walk up on to the wagonway itself. If you continue under the bridge, you will loop round and cross it later.


The massive Lime Kilns now appear on the right. There are six pots inside where tonnes of limestone were roasted to produce the desired quicklime, which was then taken to the jetty for export. The scale of the industry and the finance behind it is evident from the sheer magnitude of the architecture. Take the steps to point 6.

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Walk past the smaller Little Beblowe crag, around which runs several trackways and sidings. The route across the bridge follows the line of the trackway to the Nessend limestone quarry.

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Going through the gate will lead to the quarry (approx. 1 mile/ 1.6km) which is in the heart of the Nature Reserve, managed by Natural England. Various routes back to the village can also be followed. Following the inside line of the wall will lead to point 8 and the Gertrude Jekyll designed garden.


Enjoy the garden, which flowers in early summer (colour is there at other times of the year). Continue on the route back to the start.

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Lindisfarne Castle property entrance gate, grid ref: NU136417

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Lindisfarne Castle walk


Cobbled roads and grass paths which were former railway embankments. There is one flight of steps en route which can be avoided by taking the shorter route. Take care if field north of castle is flooded. Sheep often in field around castle so can obstruct route. Path to walled garden can be muddy at times.

Dogs welcome in the castle grounds but are not permitted in the castle itself; please keep on leads while in the castle field due to livestock.

Lindisfarne Castle walk

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Lindisfarne Castle walk

How to get here

Holy Island, Berwick-upon-Tweed, Northumberland, TD15 2SH
By train

Berwick upon Tweed (10 miles/ 16km from causeway).

By road

Leave A1 at Beal, 5 miles (8km) to Holy Island. Public car park before island village.

By bus

Perryman’s Buses service 477 from Berwick Rail Station. This service is sporadic and varies with tides and seasons. Please check before using this service.

By bicycle

National Cycle Network route 1, Coast and Castles cycle route.

Lindisfarne Castle walk

Facilities and access

  • Non-National Trust pubs, cafés and shops in village
  • National Trust shop on main street in village
  • Public toilets in village coach park
  • Parking 1 mile (1.6km) (Council pay and display), charges apply to National Trust members
  • Dogs welcome on leads in castle grounds but not in the castle itself