Holy IslandCopyright Elaine Morgan


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Telephone code: 01289
Postcode: TD15
Population: 170
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The Holy Island is accessible by road only twice each day so it is essential to check tide times before attempting a crossing. The causeway is completely submerged at high and the tides come in very quickly. The drive across the causeway to the island takes only a short while and there is a large car park in the village in which you are encouraged to park. From there, you can walk around the village, explore the ruins of the church and monastery and then walk up to the castle and lime kilns easily within 2 or three hours but to explore the whole island needs an entire day. Plan your trip to cross as soon as the tide goes out to give yourself maximum time on the island before your return crossing. Be aware there is no warning or sound when the tide comes in – if you don’t give yourself sufficient time for the drive back to the mainland and leave it too late, you’ll be stuck there for 8 hours until the next low tide. Worse still, if you get half way back when those tides come in you’ll be well and truly stuck – in a watery grave! - Denise

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