Holy Island

By Colin Adsley

Lindisfarne Castle on Holy Island is an iconic subject for the photographer, and while they may not all achieve the studied brilliance of this professional example, few are disappointed by their efforts. The island has many attractions and a long history that stirs the imagination.

Cut off by the tide twice a day, visiting the island needs a bit of planning – but is well worth the effort.

Among those who have been fascinated by its magnetic appeal are the film director Roman Polanski, who set two of his films here, and the one-time Poet Laureate and past President of CPRE, Sir Andrew Motion, who distilled his memories of the island in a poem which includes these words…

Guillemots whitening the cliff face..

Small orchids…still evolving in a downpour of Arctic sunlight..

Weather polishes the silver fields ahead; the ravens swoop down

               …and settle among the gorgeous pages of the gospels.’

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The legacy of Ethel’s vision and determination lives on thanks to the continued efforts of the Friends of the Peak District, and she remains an inspiration to everyone within CPRE