2020

Day 42 – Holy Island in Sight

Wooler to Fenwick

I knew it would happen. For the past three weeks my bag has been magically transported from one place to the next while I walked up the Pennine Way. I simply put everything into the bag including my backpack, took out enough KitKats for the day, zipped it up and set off without a care in the world. And then when I arrived at the next place my bag was waiting for me. Unfortunately the connection to St Cuthbert’s Way and the handover to the new courier failed. First the old courier delivered my bag to the wrong B&B in Kirk Yetholm and a taxi was needed to move it to the correct one. Then, yesterday the new courier left it in Kirk Yetholm because they hadn’t been told to move it on. Anyway, all is now well, a new taxi moved it to Wooler, the correct label has been attached and I’ve been reunited with my KitKats.

Today we had a steady 18Km walk in decent weather. We passed over a couple of hills and then called into a cave called St Cuthbert’s Cave. I’ve not bothered to research it but I suspect St Cuthbert might have lived in it for awhile. After that we walked through a magical woodland, rich with toadstools. It’s their peak season so I took lots of photos. The trick with photographing toadstools is to select the macro setting and the pop up flash.

After the woods we saw the Holy Island of Lindisfarne for the first time, waiting in the distance for our arrival tomorrow morning, bang on schedule, to coincide with the safe crossing time. It had been my plan to walk along the causeway with the traffic but I’ve been persuaded to take the “Pilgrims Way” straight across the sand and between the poles. The advice is to set off on the 5Km route about two hours before low tide. It’s quite safe providing you don’t get bogged down or otherwise detained before the end of the safe crossing time because the tide comes in quickly.

Perhaps I should say goodbye now.

Toadstool No 1
The last sheep
Wet grass this morning
A touch of autumn
Toadstool No 2
St Cuthbert’s Cave
Toadstools No 3

8 comments on “Day 42 – Holy Island in Sight

  1. Vicky Williamson

    Kia ora, Tim, What fascinating fungi – such brilliant colours. In a very few places in NZ we have a blue one. A native bird, the kokako has a blue wattle and Maori legend has it that the bird ate this sky blue fungi which gave it the blue wattle. The bird and the fungus are depicted on our $50 note – the only note in the world to feature a fungus. Now that bit of trivia was worth getting out of bed for this morning, wasn’t it?! Safe sand hopping and congratulations on completing such an epic walk. Kia kaha, Vicky

    • It’s good to have a fungus on your $50 note. I’m sure we’ve had a lot worse

  2. I highly recommended sending Martin on ahead to test the ground before crossing the causeway. It would be a shame to waste 6 weeks hard work. Many congratulations (once again) 😀😁

    • I expect Martin will do the decent thing. I’ll be at the back taking photos

  3. Oh Tim! I am so thrilled you were reunited with your kitkats. I was so worried!

  4. If you have enough Kitkats left have you thought about walking back along the Roman roads?

  5. Oh I love all the fungus Tim. Perhaps one of the most important organisms on the planet. Responsible for the wood wide web. (That is not a spelling error by the way.) They are a bit like icebergs in that what you see above ground is only a fraction of what is underground!
    How exciting to see the Holy Island at last. I half expected to see photos of a few Vikings making their way too!

    • They photograph well. Yes, it was an amazing moment to see Holy Island for the first time

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