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|Description ||A fine resting place when on the run from the Vikings.|
|Hi KiwiBetsy! Where is this please? (ie: nearest village or town).|
|A group of itinerant monks fled Lindisfarne Priory in 875AD, taking St Cuthbert's incorrupt body with them to escape the Vikings.
This cave is where they first rested for any length of time. The cave and 13 acres of surrounding bush are now in the care of the National Trust but they have not gone overboard on signs until one chances upon the village of Holburn. From there, 6 signs lead you the last mile or so to a tiny carpark. A steep track then takes you up to join St Cuthbert's Way and turning right you will enter St Cuthbert's Wood through a gate. Soon after, the cave is up on your left. More a couple of huge sandstone slabs forming an overhang than what I would call a cave, it no doubt gave very welcome shelter to tired monks.
Grid Reference NU059352.|
|Thanks KiwiBetsy! Very helpful. Next time I'm in that area I will check it out. |
|Chris Peck in his book "Between Earth and Heaven" describes a lovely experience at this cave. It does look like a lovely area. A place to put on my must see list.|
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