• St Oswald's Way

    A short wander across the tidal sands from the Lindisfarne Priory is a perfect start to the day. As the warm sands caress the feet, sore after many miles, the thoughts are sharpened by the sea breeze and the salt air that assails the nostrils. Behind lie some 97 miles of varied walking: woodland, pasture, open moorland, beach and, minor roads with the last few miles leading to the border town of Berwick on Tweed. Leaving behind the Priory and castle sitting on an outcropping of the whin sill is always a wrench but the lure of the final conclusion leads the walker on.

    Turning right at the end of the causeway, the way strikes north through regimented rows of concrete blocks - a legacy of World War Two as tank traps shielded the coast from enemy invasion. Heading through salt-marsh moistened by the outgoing tide under heavy skies lightened by bird song, pill boxes are passed inset into the bank side. Climbing over sluice gates and onto reclaimed land the vast extent of Goswick Sands is laid out before. This was used as a bombing range during WW2 and still has an attendant observation tower and signs indicate the possibility of unexploded ordnance being present on the beach. The route onwards lies inland, but a far more interesting way lies along the beach. Though the wind is light the sea rages. Oystercatchers scavenge along the shoreline pecking at the gelatinous residue of washed up jellyfish. The constant ebb and flow of the pulsing tide places the walker in the jaws of nature herself - a reminder, on this lonely shore, of our part within and influence upon this special place.

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