Zuki visits Lindisfarne, Northumberland

Posted By Hazel Winstanley / 2nd June 2016 / Days Out / 0 Comments

Hi Dog Friends,

Hum said a visit to the Northumberland Coast @Northumb_Coast would not be complete without a trip to Lindisfarne.

Lindisfarne, or Holy Island as it is also called (see I how I has done my research for you) is just up the coast from Bamburgh. It is an island but linked to the mainland by a road called a causeway which means it is a route over the sea to the island but twice a day it is cut off by water so you needs to check the tide tables to ensure it is safe to cross!

The Causeway was very, very long but we were safe ‘cos Hum had checked the tide tables so I knew the water wasn’t going to get us.

Today Lindisfarne is a thriving community, with a busy harbour, shops, hotels and inns.  There is lots to see on the island including the ruined Priory and the Castle.

We stopped off at the dog friendly Tourist Information and met the lovely Sue who gave Hum info and directions to all the best places to go.

First stop was Lindisfarne Priory which was one of the most important centres of early Christianity in Anglo-Saxon England and is still a place of pilgrimage today.

What I need to let you and your Humans know more importantly is that the Priory is an English Heritage @EnglishHeritage site and a lovely lady told us that all English Heritage places are dog friendly!

As they put it on their website: With dog-friendly sites across the whole of England, your furry friends can join in a fun-filled day out. From vast Roman forts to spacious abbey ruins, give them a day out worth barking about.

Now for the history lesson my dear dog pals – your Humans will like to know this stuff.

Possibly the holiest site of Anglo-Saxon England, Lindisfarne was founded by St. Aidan, an Irish monk, who converted Northumbria to Christianity at the invitation of its king, Oswald.

Although St. Aidan founded the monastery in AD 635, St. Cuthbert, prior of Lindisfarne is the most celebrated of the priory’s holy men. Buried in the priory, his remains were transferred to a pilgrim shrine there after 11 years and found still undecayed – a sure sign of sanctity.

Well certainly the Priory was most lovely as a place to visit and most interesting for Hum and the other Humans.

After the dog friendly Priory we went into the village and stopped off at The Crown & Anchor pub as it was a hot day and we needed refreshment. Hum knew about the Crown & Anchor as it has the only dog friendly accommodation on Lindisfarne.

And I must say it was a very dog friendly place indeed. Claire who served us made a HUGE fuss of me and all the customers very lovely to me especially Barry who gave me dog biscuits!

Other places in the village we spotted were the Ship Inn where dogs can go in the bar area and Pilgrims Coffee House @PilgrimsCoffee which is also dog friendly.

There are lovely walks on Lindisfarne – Hum chose to walk us up to the Castle @NTlindisfarne. Us four-legs aren’t allowed into the castle but we are allowed in the grounds although must be on a lead due to the sheeps wandering around so we can’t chase them…

We saw other people walking across the mud on a Pilgrimage walk but I didn’t fancy that – it was too much like being in the sea for me!

So my lovely dog friends I can tell you that Lindisfarne certainly is a great place to visit with your Humans – they get to do all the history and touristy stuff and we get a grand day out.


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