Pilgrim's Route to Holy Island - 2022
The day between the storms – who could have planned this day to have the weather we did.
The previous day Storm Eunice hit the UK then the following day Storm Franklin hit, but on Saturday 19th February we had sunshine, who could have planned that.
At 9.00 am we met at the Barn at Beal and headed on our way, after a short while it was time to take the shoes off and walk barefoot along the Pilgrim’s Route to Holy Island.
Ever since 635, when King Oswald gave the Holy Island of Lindisfarne to St. Aidan to establish his monastery, the island has been a place of pilgrimage and with the road not being in place until 1954, the vertical poles of the Pilgrim’s Route were the only indicators of the safe route between the mainland and Holy Island.
There was a cool breeze, but we made good progress and reached Holy Island.
We had a quick lunch and look around the Holy Island of Lindisfarne before we headed back across the sands to the mainland.
I really enjoy leading the walk in both ways as on the return journey the group have taken onboard the tips you gave them on the outward journey, and they know not to stick rigidly to the poles but instead ‘read the sands’ in front of them and also how to avoid the mud!
We arrived back in good time and the group headed off to the four corners of the country, literally.
Many thanks to those who joined me on the true ‘calm between the storms’ in February.