Tide times are predictions based largely on the Moon-Earth proximity which varies widely throughout each month. Weather conditions cannot be predicted and sometimes can cause significant offsets to these times. The council therefore build a 'safe margin' into the published times in an attempt to take account of potential, 'worst-case', weather effects. The crossing times therefore must not be treated as absolute - they can only be indicative.
The Holy Island causeway safe crossing times originate from Northumberland County Council and result from calculations based on predictions for Leith supplied by Proudman Oceanographic Laboratory, copyright reserved. Times here are given in good faith but neither the County Council nor this website can accept responsibility for any inaccuracies.
This website was previously funded by English Heritage and the National Trust to add the opening times for the Lindisfarne Priory, Lindisfarne Castle together with those for the Lindisfarne Centre. Such opening times here are given in good faith but no responsibility can be accepted by this website for inaccuracies or changes made since the information was supplied.
The traveller is cautioned to check and heed the road side tide tables and warning signs when crossing the causeway particularly if there is water on or near the causeway. Drive carefully. A receding tide can deposit hazardous debris (e.g. tree trunks) on the road. Avoid or drive slowly through puddles. Not only does the salt water cause corrosion to vehicles but puddles can conceal dangerous potholes...
There are two routes between the mainland and Holy Island: the Causeway (used by traffic and walkers) and the Pilgrims Way (used only by walkers).
Only the 'safe' causeway open times are published here. WARNING The traveller is cautioned to seek expert guiding assistance if contemplating the Pilgrims Way. Crossing times for this are NOT available and the open times are significantly different.
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