A Lindisfarne lap with Barbie Lutyens

Walking trail

Join your guides, Barbie and Betty Lutyens, for this easy walk where you will explore the magnificent lime kilns, stroll along grassy paths to the enchanting Jekyll garden and of course take in the views of the mighty castle itself.

See how Lutyens and Jekyll transformed Lindisfarne

The recent history of the Castle is dominated by the design genius of Edwin 'Ned' Lutyens and Gertrude 'Bumps' Jekyll, along with the man who brought them to Holy Island, Edward Hudson.

A walk on the track near Lindisfarne Castle


Map route for Lindisfarne lap walk


Castle field gate, grid ref: NU135417


When we got back from the village my sister Betty and I went through the castle gate. The old lime kiln jetties were on our right and the new garden designed by Miss Jekyll was on the horizon to the left. We walked along the grassy path to the garden, although we considered a wander along either of the roads in front of us; it would still have been a nice walk.


Miss Jekyll's garden was planted in 1911 and was where the soldiers used to grow vegetables; they lived here before Daddy did his work here.

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At the end of the path we turned right and joined the old wagon way to the lime kilns. We sometimes explore the north and east coast of Holy Island (where lots of birds live) by leaving the castle field through the gate on the left.


Mr Hudson said walking along the wagon way retraced the steps of the workers and their ponies who hauled limestone to the kilns from the quarries on the north shore. By going under the wooden bridge, he said we would once have bumped into more men and ponies; delivering coal from the jetties to the kilns.


Following the path under the bridge we saw mounds of lime waste on the left.

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Daddy and Mr Hudson told us to be careful down here. "You can go into the kilns girls", they said, "or head up the steps to the right to get back to the castle or, if the tide is out and you promise to be careful, you can turn left and walk back below the castle." We liked going along the beach at low tide though. There is an old buoy buried in the stones, a boundary marker with 'W D' on it and the castle seems to look down on you.


This time we went up the steps though. Mr Jack Lilburn, the caretaker, said the rocky crag, smaller than the one under the castle once had a fort on it even older than the castle. In 1548, 20 years before the castle was finished, he said a small fort was built on this crag. Jack said to look for stone on the top of the slope nearest the castle. He thinks it is part of a doorway. This fort could have protected the men working on the main castle from attack.


Going back past Mr Hudson's funny-looking boat sheds we get back to the castle entrance. Soon we were out of the wind in the warmth of the castle, but our walk was well worth the trouble.

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A Lindisfarne lap with Barbie Lutyens


Some steep steps, some ups and downs but mostly level on grassy paths and pebble beach. Comfortable practical footwear recommended.

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.

A Lindisfarne lap with Barbie Lutyens

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A Lindisfarne lap with Barbie Lutyens

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, 1 mile (1.6km), pay and display.

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. Also private minibus from Holy Island car park to castle.

By bicycle

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

A Lindisfarne lap with Barbie Lutyens

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 in the castle grounds on leads, but not in the castle itself