This photo shows the flat tidal land which ebbs and flows daily revealing the causeway to Lindisfarne. Many pilgrims and travellers have been caught out by the swift incoming tide as it sweeps in across the flat plain. It's a haunting spot and redolent of the 'edge of the world' where the Celtic saints preferred to live.

Lindisfarne or Holy Island, is a well known Celtic site, where  Aiden and Cuthbert lived and had a worshipping community. It is based in Northumberland and there is still a vibrant Christian community worshipping on the island. It is a wild and remote place to visit, although you need to time it when the tourists are few and the tides are right. You can still sit looking out to sea and across the Cuthbert's island, hearing the seals moaning and imagine what it must have been like for these early Christians, isolated out here in the rugged wilds pitted against sea and elements. It was a tough existence, one of austerity and ascetism but holy and reverent.


Lindisfarne Castle Lindisfarne: St Cuthbert's island Lindisfarne, surrounded by sea and sand Lindisfarne, Cuthbert's path Lindisfarne: Basilea Schlink Lindisfarne: Cuthbert's island with the tide in Lindisfarne and the Farne Islands The chapel of St Cuthbert on Inner Farne Lindisfarne with the castle in sunshine Lindisfarne landscape Inner Farne Lindisfarne ruins of the monastery Lindisfarne: The ruined monastery Lindisfarne: the edge of the world

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