[image] Northern Cross - the ecumenical Christian Easter walking pilgrimage to Holy Island
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Good Friday timing - arrangements this year!

Joining Northern Cross for the crossing of the tidal Pilgrim's Causeway to Holy Island

new!Good Friday morning, 14 April 2017.
For those who are interested in walking over the sands with us, you should be aware that our method of crossing will this year again be different from the past (when we would meet as a single large group on the sands). So the pilgrims will cross the tidal causeway as 2 separate smaller groups, which will be leaving the foreshore between approx. 10:20 and 11:00am (the 'departure window'). These 2 groups (Carlisle and Lanark Legs) will start Good Friday walking from Belford and Etal respectively. If you wish to walk that earlier (mainland) section with us, please book in the usual way by emailing contact @ northerncross.co.uk

The Pilgrim' crossing:
Pilgrims will be walking past the Beal Sands Car Park, south of Berwick on Tweed, [coordinates 55.677768,-1.875531, map location as below], between 10.20 - 10.50am, and pilgrims will start the walking crossing of the tidal sands from this point at any time after 10.20am, with the last group leaving at the latest 11:00am.

new!pdfWe prepare a briefing note for the Good Friday crossing arrangements; click here to download it [PDF] . [timing and arrangements last updated 5 April 2017]
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'Non-pilgrims' are certainly welcome to walk with us crossing the sands, but you must either liaise with an individual Leg group (contacts above) or be at Beal Sands ready to join by the 'departure window' times listed above at the latest. Due to the new crossing arrangements first used in 2016, the pilgrims will not be stopping at Beal Sands carpark to gather as a larger group of all Legs, but will keep on walking directly to the point where they leave the road causeway. In walking the crossing, YOU must accept full responsibility for yourself and any dependents with you, as there are a number of risks: We have a careful risk assessment of the activity, as there are quick sands, it does take a long time, and some years the weather can make it so cold that we have to make sure some people do not get hypothermia! Other years it is warm and sunny and people get sunburnt, but the key is that the mud and quick sands are an issue if children are not kept an eye on.

You must obey the directions of the NorthernCross marshalls (in flourescent yellow jackets) if choosing to walk with us.

If you are a non-pilgrim, you must accept that you will cross the tidal causeway at your own risk and that you will not be covered by our public liability insurance.

On the good side, if it is a nice day, you should really enjoy it!

Please feel free to stay or return to Lindisfarne over the weekend and join in the Easter services in the various churches.

new! pdf For press, media and anyone joining us on this day for the Crossing, we have prepared a briefing note for the Good Friday crossing arrangements; click here to download it [PDF] . [timing and arrangements last updated 5 April 2017]

If crossing back to the mainland on foot, please take careful note of the tide times (details here) and we highlight you should cross back along the tidal causeway vehicular road for safety. We do not advise walking unaccompanied across the tidal sands.

     

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