Guided Leisure Ride - Holy Island
The ride goes all the way to Holy island and back (across the causeway - well within the safe crossing times) on a route which climbs directly over the sandstone ridge separating Glendale from the coastal AONB. Outbound is via Fowberry, Lyham Bank, Belford, Detchant and Fenwick. Return is rather easier via Kentstone, Black Heddon and Hetton North and then down the Devil's Causeway to Horton and onwards to Weetwood Bridge and Wooler..
There will be rest and catch-up stops as needed along the route, but no scheduled exploration stops on the outbound and return journeys to allow more time for a leisurely lunch on the island and to enjoy the island and its treasures.
The views from the top of Lyham Bank towards the Cheviots and the Southern Uplands are outstanding and the views of the island and the coast on the descent into Belford are breathtaking. But nothing beats the almost mystical experience of crossing to Holy Island across the causeway at low tide. Look out for the swans and the impressive sand dunes towering over the road as you reach the island.
Places to visit on the island include Lindisfarne Priory (English Heritage; entry fee ~£6; free entry to members - remember to bring your EH card), Lindisfarne Castle (limited opening), Gertrude Jekyll's walled garden.
Start is at the Wooler Milk Bar where breakfasts and coffees are available to boost your energy levels for the ride.
Lunches will be available from a variety of cafes and pubs on Holy Island, or bring your own packed lunch if you prefer.
The ride is all on road. Distance: 39 Miles. Difficulty level is mostly moderate with some strenuous climbs.
The route, route profile, and gpx download (and direct downloads to compatible Garmin devices) are available on Garmin Connect
Toilets: There are public toilets at Wooler and on Holy Island (chargeable). Toilets at pubs and cafes are generally for customers only.
The ride is operated by the Wooler Cycle Hub on behalf of Northumberland National Park Authority.
To register for this ride please email WCH using the email link on the right giving the name of the ride, your name, your mobile number and your home postcode, and state whether you are over 18 or not.
- 39 mi / 63 km
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