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A sunset walk on the Pilgrim's Way

Northumberland, United Kingdom

Experience hosted by Patrick

4 hoursHosted in English
Committed to safety
This host committed to Airbnb’s COVID-19 safety guidelines.
Up to 5 people
Includes food and equipment

What you'll do

Imagine walking across the sea on the traditional Pilgrim’s Way to the Holy Island of Lindisfarne, the Jewel of the Northumberland Coast. In the Winter months, you'll need your wellies and lots of warm and sometimes waterproof layers to keep the seasonal chill at bay. Crossing the Pilgrim's Way is dictated by the tides, so you really have to go with a guide to be safe and to get the most from the scenery, the wildlife and the history of this remarkable place. As we walk, you will hear tales of the people who over the past 1,500 years have travelled this way before you including Kings, Saints and Vikings. On reaching the Island, we'll pick up a picnic and choose our spot to enjoy a locally prepared meal. Then, we explore the Island close to the village, looking at a number of natural and built features linked to the religious and maritime history of Holy Island. The best is yet to come, as the sun begins to set, we return to the Pilgrim’s Way, but this time going in the opposite direction and walking towards the setting sun and it can be spectacular. The skies turn red as the sun dips below the horizon, dusk arrives and soon darkness envelops us, as we arrive back on the mainland with some brilliant memories of our sunset walk across the sea to Lindisfarne.
Start times vary and the walk is carefully planned to ensure we cross well within a safe margin.
Imagine walking across the sea on the traditional Pilgrim’s Way to the Holy Island of Lindisfarne, the Jewel of the Northumberland Coast. In the Winter months, you'll need your wellies and lots of warm and sometimes waterproof layers to keep the seasonal chill at bay. Crossing the Pilgrim's Way is dictated by the tides, so you really have to go with a guide to be safe and to get the most from the scenery, the wildlife and the history of this rema…

What's included

  • Food
    My plan for this Experience in 2021 is to provide all my guests on arrival...
  • Equipment
    I would normally carry in my rucksack spare hats and gloves for my guests....

Meet your host, Patrick

Host on Airbnb since 2019
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I founded Footsteps in Northumberland in 2011 and since then, I have led hundreds of guided walks for hundreds of visitors. I qualified as a walking guide in 2011 and if I'm not on the coast, I'm in the hills and mountains of Northumberland or trekking along Hadrian's Wall, another passion of mine. I love history and I love the Pilgrim's Way to the Holy Island of Lindisfarne. You can ask me about the history of this remarkable place; it goes back a long way. I can identify the birds and the plants that live out here in the salt marsh and across the mudflats. Just why do hundreds of grey seals 'haul out' and sing so mournfully on the sandbars and where do they go in the Winter? I offer a complete Experience for your adventure and I love to share stories and knowledge of this amazing landscape, the Jewel of the Northumberland Coast.
I founded Footsteps in Northumberland in 2011 and since then, I have led hundreds of guided walks for hundreds of visitors. I qualified as a walking guide in 2011 and if I'm not on the coast, I'm in the hills and mountains of Northumberland or trekking along Hadrian's Wall, another passion of mine. I love history and I love the Pilgrim's Way to the Holy Island of Lindisfarne. You can ask me about the history of this remarkable place; it goes back a long way. I can identify the birds and the pl…
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Fri., 7 May
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Sat., 8 May
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Where you'll be

The Pilgrim's Way to the Holy Island of Lindisfarne, a path, some 3-miles (5 kilometres) in distance across the sea and in use for 1,500 years
The Holy Island of Lindisfarne and some of the features, views and significant places on the Island
The return journey back across the Pilgrim's Way to the mainland
The total distance there and back is 7-miles 12-kilometres), including walking on and around the Island

Rated 4.91 out of 5 from 35 reviews.

Alison
September 2020
Fabulous afternoon and evening despite no sunset. Plenty of wildlife and historical information from Patrick during the walk. Definitely recommend this experience and in fact I already have to friends and family.
Andrew
September 2020
A unique way to make your way over to Holy Island. The weather was kind to us which made all the difference. Would fully reccomend this experience.
Heather
August 2020
This walk is not just for tourists, much like the great north run, if youre from the North East i think you should do this walk. Its absolutely my favourite. And being barefoot gives you a connection to the place you live.
Annie
August 2020
If you are thinking of booking this experience, don’t hesitate, a great way to experience the last part of The Pilgrims Way, connecting with nature and with a sense of others walking this in past times
Nigel
August 2020
The views were stunning and a Patrick was knowledgeable, friendly and welcoming. Although I enjoyed the sense of walking bare foot I have arthritis in one of my toes and having my feet in cold water for several hours exacerbated the problem afterwards so would recommend wellies if you have a similar problem. Though overall a 👍
The views were stunning and a Patrick was knowledgeable, friendly and welcoming. Although I enjoyed the sense of walking bare foot I have arthritis in one of my toes and having my…
Julie
August 2020
We had an enjoyable and very interesting evening on Patrick’s guided walk to Holy Island. Having a guide to enable us to skirt around the more challenging areas of muddy sand made us feel safe to concentrate on enjoying the views and the company of others in the group. Patrick’s knowledge of the history of the Pilgrim’s Way brought the experience to life in a way that would never have happened if we’d walked the route without his guidance.
We had an enjoyable and very interesting evening on Patrick’s guided walk to Holy Island. Having a guide to enable us to skirt around the more challenging areas of muddy sand made…

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Things to know

Cancellation policy

Any experience can be cancelled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

Guest requirements

Up to 5 guests ages 7 and up can attend.

What to bring

From May to September, you can walk barefoot if you want to. Outside of those months, I recommend wearing wellies. Walking boots and shoes will get wet and your feet will get cold.

Some snacks and a bottle of water, a hot drink in a flask (optional). I plan to offer picnics on the Island in 2021, watch this space.