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    The Pilgrim's Way


    Lindisfarne by Bike and Boat







    "Here by the sea and sand, nothing ever goes as planned"


    PART ONE - THERE


    The Holy Island of Lindisfarne is a tidal island off the northeast coast of England,in Northumberland. Holy Island has a recorded history from the 6th century AD; it was an important centre of Celtic Christianity under Saint Aidan and Saint Cuthbert. After the Viking invasions and the Norman conquest of England, a priory was reestablished. A small castle was built on the island in 1550.

    I had just got a new bike and wanted to try it out, so I decided to take a jaunt out to Lindisfarne. I would cross on the Pilgrims Way at low tide by bike and return the same way at high tide by boat. So I drove to Lindisfarne, parked my car just before the causeway and proceeded to load my packcraft and associated gear onto the bike.





    Fortunately I was unarmed. All set to go? No, as it turns out...

    I was ready to set off and wheeled by bike onto the causeway connecting the island to the mainland. Almost immediately my industrial strength steel luggage rack collapsed. A couple of nuts hadn't been tightened properly. After much fumbling about with allen keys and spanners, I got it back on and was on my way again. Not a great start, but nobody was looking, apart from the dozen or so cars which passed me as I cursed and complained.




    Me, taken by some passing normal cyclists.




    On the causeway




    Heron and horses





    The refuge of the road





    Six horsemen were approaching, and the wind began to howl ...


    The Pilgrims Way starts near the refuge on the causeway, and heads off across the sands, marked by a line of wooden poles. The going was good at first, and the bike went well across the wet sand and small pools of water. Before long I reached the first refuge hut on the Way.




    On the sands





    The first refuge hut.







    Cars on the causeway.





    Rolling along





    Boundless and bare, the lone and level sands stretch far away





    Wet sand




    Shadows





    The sea bed.


    A bit further on I came to a slightly higher stretch of land, with saltmarsh grasses and mud. Lots of mud. I took a run at one patch of mud and came to a sudden halt as my front wheel sunk deeply into the black slime. I balanced there precariously wondering how to extricate myself.










    I managed to swing my leg up over all the baggage on the back of the bike, and gingerly stepped backwards trying avoid sinking further into the mud. Then I hauled the bike out onto some drier ground at the side, but the mud sucked one of my muckboots off. So I had to hop over and retrieve it.





    Then it was back on the sand for a while. Past the second refuge hut and onward.




    The second refuge





    The sun in splendour


    But then I found my way blocked by a wide channel of open water.




    Uh oh!


    This wasn't supposed to be here! It was meant to be low tide. But the marker posts for the Pilgrims Way carried on through the water. So I thought, oh well if it's the Pilgrims Way it can't be that deep, I'll give it a go. Before long though, the water was up to my axle. And then over the pedals. And then up to my thighs. By this time I wasn't pedalling of course, I was pushing the bike through the water. In fact I had to push the bike down so I could wheel it along, as it had a tendency to float to the surface. Interesting, I didn't know that the bike would float. The buoyancy in those fat tyres kept it up on the surface. So I carried on, pulling the floating bike over the waves. I had my muckboots, thermal trousers and thermal socks on, and the water wasn't too cold. But it did go on and on a bit. I tried striking out to the side at one point, but it just got deeper, so I stuck to the line of the posts. It gradually got shallower and eventually, I reached dry land (well, wet sand) close to the shore of the island, after crossing about half a mile f open water. This wasn't meant to happen, but I made it without any mishaps. An interesting experience but I was glad to be out of it.




    In the sea.



    Getting shallower again.



    Quite a crossing!





    Back on dry(ish) sand.





    Phew! On the island.





    Helpful sign.





    The way I'd come.





    I did check them!





    Well at least I was ashore. Pausing to empty my boots, I cycled on.





    Bedraggled cyclist.

    So I had a few hours to kill before high tide.




    First stop, coffee!






    Then to the island store, where I purchased a bottle of coke, two chocolate bars, a novelty coaster and a Holy Island lighter.

    After which I had a wander round the village. It was nice and quiet now the island was cut off once more and the tourists had gone.




    Bears scavenge these bins.




    Find the nearest tree.





    Wandering seal.





    St. Cuthbert.





    Lindisfarne Priory.





    Inside the priory.





    Monks carrying Cuthbert's coffin.





    Queen Margaret of Scotland.





    Mamma mia!





    Knowing me, knowing you.






    Local beers.





    New bike helmet. (Taken by the museum attendant, who found it amusing.)





    I stopped by the defused mine to wring out my socks.





    Salt patterns.



    To be continued...
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    PART TWO - THE ISLAND







    The Winery.






    Lindisfarne mead.





    Free samples!






    Tablet and fudge too. This guy made these.






    Vikings destroyed the priory and drank all the mead.





    Scenes from the Lindisfarne illuminated gospels.







    Back in the cafe.





    Crab sandwich and a double espresso.






    Pilgrim's coffee.






    Gone surfing. Most places were shut now.


    I borrowed the dog's water to wash some of the sand, mud and salt water off my brakes and gears.








    Slightly cleaner bike.





    The castle.




    Boat sheds.





    The harbour.





    More boat sheds.





    Boat and castle.








    Wheel and castle.


    So I cycled over to the castle.





    Where there were more boat sheds.







    Castle walls.





    Back of castle.








    Black ships.





    Shed in the Jeckyll and Hyde Garden.





    Bird.



    I cycled along the path on the north coast of the island, looking for somewhere to launch my boat.


    These gates aren't very cycle friendly.




    So I had to unpack all my gear then heave the bike over a barbed wire fence.





    Loaded again. (Though not as well as before).





    Essential supplies.






    Approaching the Great Pyramid on the north west corner of the island.




    What this was for I do not know.


    The surf was too high for me to launch here.









    Bamburgh Castle in the distance.


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    PART THREE - BACK



    By now the tide was high enough, so I returned to the PIlgrims Way to launch my boat there.







    Me, back at the Pilgrims Way.




    Boat and gear unpacked.






    Packraft inflated.






    Ready to go.





    I locked the bike to a post then carried the boat out to the edge of the water,





    Where you could still see my tyre tracks from earlier in the day, despite having been submerged by the tide.





    On the water.








    I paddled back along the route I had earlier cycled (but in the opposite direction!)





    Looking back at the island.





    After a while though, it got too shallow to paddle and I had to disembark.





    This wasn't on. It was supposed to be high tide.





    So I walked onwards into the sunset, pulling the boat behind me.

    More of my tracks from before.






    Sun setting over Northumberland.




    Back at the second refuge.







    Lindisfarne Castle and Bamburgh Castle.




    Someone else's wellies, abandoned in the mud.


    Walking on.










    Pole after pole after pole.







    The first refuge.





    Back near the causeway.






    Inside the shelter. This was luxurious compared to the refuges on the Pilgrims Way. It had a phone, a bench, a towel, and even a roof!





    Looking down on the swirling sands.






    There was a short passage here where I could paddle again.





    So I relaunched.








    After this, it was a fairly short walk back to where I had left the car. Good job, as by now it was getting dark.





    I don't take good selfies (in both senses), but this is me reflected in the car window.





    All that remained was to deflate the packraft, dismantle the paddles, put them in the car then drive back to pick up the bike.


    Harvest moon rising.






    Bike still there. As was the bag I hid in the long grass.





    And that's it. An enjoyable wee adventure. It had it's moments, that's for sure. But a grand day out in a fascinating place. I'm a bit wrecked now though.


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    So, I was going to make jokes about those massive fat tyres meaning the bike would float. But you did that bit before me. You also beat me to the Abba jokes, but that's to be expected from a punster of your experience.

    Love the fact the tide was "wrong" both times. Only you, Gordon, would paddle the bike and walk the boat. Keep 'em coming, these little adventures are what makes life interesting!

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    Double post
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    Why didn't you put your bike on your pack raft to head back?
    Just went out on my pack raft with my bike (not my fat bike) on it this weekend for the first time and it was very stable

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    Gordon...a delight. It must have taken almost as long to load the blog as it did to carry out the trip. I love you inventive trips, and enjoyed this as we have been there, in the decadent car mode. You captured the spirit of the place well, and as usual, the spirit of you trip.

    I guess the giant pyramid is an ancient navigation mark from the pre lighthouse days or may be more recent to aid inshore mariners.

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    A few more pics I found (as if there wasn't already enough!).


























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    Quote Originally Posted by Crow View Post
    A few more pics I found (as if there wasn't already enough!).

    <snip>
    For some reason the last bunch of photos are the only ones I can see in the tapatalk app.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Spinningwoman View Post
    For some reason the last bunch of photos are the only ones I can see in the tapatalk app.


    Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
    Not sure why that should be, I don't use Tapatalk myself. Maybe someone else can help?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Impcanoe View Post
    Gordon...a delight. It must have taken almost as long to load the blog as it did to carry out the trip. I love you inventive trips, and enjoyed this as we have been there, in the decadent car mode. You captured the spirit of the place well, and as usual, the spirit of you trip.

    I guess the giant pyramid is an ancient navigation mark from the pre lighthouse days or may be more recent to aid inshore mariners.
    Thank you Impcanoe, much appreciated.

    I looked up the pyramid and found this:

    "Not a lighthouse but simply a daymark for maritime navigation, a white brick pyramid, 35 feet high and built in 1810, stands at Emmanuel Head, the north-eastern point of Lindisfarne. It is said to be Britain's earliest purpose-built daymark."

    So you were right.

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    Very enjoyable Gordon, hope you gave the new bike a thorough rinse lol
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    They work when i switch to web view, so it must be the app. Wonderful photos!


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    There’s a blast from the past .... no, not you Gordon, rather Lindisfarne. Many years ago, about 9 months before my eldest daughter was born, I spent some time there. Spent a lot more time in th general coastal area there ... my mother side are from not too far away.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mal Grey View Post
    So, I was going to make jokes about those massive fat tyres meaning the bike would float. But you did that bit before me. You also beat me to the Abba jokes, but that's to be expected from a punster of your experience.

    Love the fact the tide was "wrong" both times. Only you, Gordon, would paddle the bike and walk the boat. Keep 'em coming, these little adventures are what makes life interesting!

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    Hope the Fat Bike brings you even more mad adventures. Tempted by one myself, for "bikepacking" type trips, but the ones light enough to actually lift cost more than I can justify right now.
    I wasn't expecting it to float. And I wasn't expecting it to have to float!

    I think there's something weird going on with those tides. Or maybe it's global warming. Or Brexit.

    Just got the fat bike and it's great fun. Got mine ex-rental so it's a bargain.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JohnClimber View Post
    Why didn't you put your bike on your pack raft to head back?
    Just went out on my pack raft with my bike (not my fat bike) on it this weekend for the first time and it was very stable
    I didn't have the tools to dismantle it. And I couldn't be bothered! I'm sure it would be fine on the boat though, I've seen other fatbikes on packrafts, and I've carried heavy loads before.

    I could probably have towed the bike behind the boat though.

    Would have been useful to have when I ran out of water.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Crow View Post
    I wasn't expecting it to float. And I wasn't expecting it to have to float!

    I think there's something weird going on with those tides. Or maybe it's global warming. Or Brexit.

    Just got the fat bike and it's great fun. Got mine ex-rental so it's a bargain.
    I guess islands sometimes have tides coming from each direction at slightly different times, though I'm surprised Holy Island is big enough for any major effect. Tides are a dark art as you'll well know after all your trips, the difference between springs and neaps, the effect of strong winds on the water, and even how much atmospheric pressure there is, can be significant and pretty difficult to predict without local knowledge. Or the tide tables were GMT and you were BST

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mal Grey View Post
    I guess islands sometimes have tides coming from each direction at slightly different times, though I'm surprised Holy Island is big enough for any major effect. Tides are a dark art as you'll well know after all your trips, the difference between springs and neaps, the effect of strong winds on the water, and even how much atmospheric pressure there is, can be significant and pretty difficult to predict without local knowledge. Or the tide tables were GMT and you were BST

    I would like a fat bike. Or a gravel bike. Well both, but I can afford neither!
    The GMT / BST thing might explain it. I did wonder about the discrepancy between the Northumberland County Council safe crossing times and the tide tables I used to cross check it. Turns out the tide table was showing AEST. Which turns out to be Australian Eastern Standard Time. What the hell use is that for Lindisfarne, for heaven's sake?


    Oh well.

    A gravel bike would be interesting but I would prefer a carbon one. Mine is made of steel.
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    Great blog as usual, Gordon. I presume it was a triffid who abandoned the 3 wellies?
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    Yes ,great blog ,Gordon. Some stunning photos there ,too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mayobren View Post
    Very enjoyable Gordon, hope you gave the new bike a thorough rinse lol
    Yes, hosed it down when I got back. And myself.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spinningwoman View Post
    They work when i switch to web view, so it must be the app. Wonderful photos!


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    Good stuff. Thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by MarkL View Post
    There’s a blast from the past .... no, not you Gordon, rather Lindisfarne. Many years ago, about 9 months before my eldest daughter was born, I spent some time there. Spent a lot more time in th general coastal area there ... my mother side are from not too far away.

    Nice to see
    Thought you meant the band.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Crow View Post
    Thought you meant the band.

    Good stuff, Mark.
    Couldn’t see them for the fog ....
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    Wonderful photos, was up that way myself not long ago, also on a bike.

    One point, and you may already have dealt with it, but unless you have much better seals in the bearings than almost any bike I have ever seen, then salt water will have got into the wheel and bottom bracket bearing races - if the water was as deep as you say. In which case, I would strongly advise a full strip down and rebuild, or you may find that they are corroded to nothing in a very short time. Sorry iif I'm teaching you to suck eggs

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    Good advice. Thanks, Chris.

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    Quote Originally Posted by maryinoxford View Post
    Great blog as usual, Gordon. I presume it was a triffid who abandoned the 3 wellies?
    Could be,

    I thought perhaps a Martian fighting machine.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Crow View Post
    Could be,

    I thought perhaps a Martian fighting machine.
    Could make a new ending to the novel - "they didn't realise the effect that salt water would have..."
    Not in Oxford any more...

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    Quote Originally Posted by andre View Post
    Yes ,great blog ,Gordon. Some stunning photos there ,too.
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    Wherever's there's a way...

    It'll will no doubt be found , and a plaque will soon be up on a pub wall in Aldershot!
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    Returned to this for my lazy start to Sunday......an epic blog and a fat-bike now gets added to the list of stuff I must resist buying!
    I've only paddled there once and unfortunately watched from a few hundred yards off shore while two scrotes smashed a car window and made off with all my camping gear.
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    I would have read all this blogg anyway but what was really keeping me scrolling was the certainty of a picture of Gordon in a pack raft with a massive fat bike on his lap. As it turns out it was the only mental thing he didn’t do
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mal Grey View Post
    I guess islands sometimes have tides coming from each direction at slightly different times, though I'm surprised Holy Island is big enough for any major effect. Tides are a dark art as you'll well know after all your trips, the difference between springs and neaps, the effect of strong winds on the water, and even how much atmospheric pressure there is, can be significant and pretty difficult to predict without local knowledge. Or the tide tables were GMT and you were BST

    I would like a fat bike. Or a gravel bike. Well both, but I can afford neither!
    I was wondering what the difference is between gravel bikes, cross bikes and adventure bikes. Does anyone know?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bonarmbj View Post
    Wherever's there's a way...

    It'll will no doubt be found , and a plaque will soon be up on a pub wall in Aldershot!

    Ha ha.

    I think I'm getting too old for this malarkey. But I've been saying that for the last 20 years!

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    Age? Too old? It means absolutely nothing to me...

    We all grab a year in our minds that we like, and we all then stick with it - because it works! I guess now that you've got to reach a certain age in life, with or without a canoe or kayak, to understand that point of view, and then to very much enjoy this phenomena, that's so far as I know is yet unexplained, or even brought to anybody's attention so far... until maybe this morning, maybe?

    It's just what keeps us doing what keep on doing!

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    Gordon,
    The next time that yer 'in toon' fae maybe a Mexican Night or whatever on the Basingstoke Canal allow me to buy you a pint and a T shirt afore ye return hameward, reet!
    Aye!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bonarmbj View Post
    Age? Too old? It means absolutely nothing to me...

    We all grab a year in our minds that we like, and we all then stick with it - because it works! I guess now that you've got to reach a certain age in life, with or without a canoe or kayak, to understand that point of view, and then to very much enjoy this phenomena, that's so far as I know is yet unexplained, or even brought to anybody's attention so far... until maybe this morning, maybe?

    It's just what keeps us doing what keep on doing!

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    Yeah, I know an 82 year old who cycles every day. On vintage bikes and in retro gear. And he's a lot faster than me!

    Quote Originally Posted by Bonarmbj View Post
    Gordon,
    The next time that yer 'in toon' fae maybe a Mexican Night or whatever on the Basingstoke Canal allow me to buy you a pint and a T shirt afore ye return hameward, reet!
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    Hmmm. I'll do anything for a T-shirt!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Patterdale Paddler View Post
    Returned to this for my lazy start to Sunday......an epic blog and a fat-bike now gets added to the list of stuff I must resist buying!
    I've only paddled there once and unfortunately watched from a few hundred yards off shore while two scrotes smashed a car window and made off with all my camping gear.
    Oh no!

    I take it you couldn't get back ashore quickly enough to catch them.

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    I could well be wrong but from what I understand... Gravel bikes are slightly less 'sporty' than Cross bikes, which in turn are beefed up road racing bikes. An adventure bike is somewhere between a gravel bike, a touring bike and a mountain bike... with which you do self supported long mileage events. Like these http://www.bikepacking.com/ Its a sort open canoe in the bicycle world!
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