Holy Island of Lindisfarne stranded motorhome (1 Viewer)

mikebeaches

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Ooh - bad mistake.

Glad the two occupants were OK.
 
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Everytime I go across I imagine what it would be like to be stranded and have to climb the steps to tower but always check tides.
 
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Is it worthwhile crossing in a motorhome ? Is there overnight parking there ?
Genuine question, never been to Northumberland but it is on the "to do" list
 

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If you check the website on the van, seems they are used to water.....

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Is it worthwhile crossing in a motorhome ? Is there overnight parking there ?
Genuine question, never been to Northumberland but it is on the "to do" list

No overnight parking allowed on the Island unfortunately, missing a very lucrative CL or CS opportunity methinks.
There is a huge car park on the island used by many motorhomes for day parking and yes it is certainly worth a visit but go out of season to avoid the crowds. The most magical time to go is in the morning on a rising tide and stay over for the day till it’s safe to cross the causeway again.
 

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Camper,,i don't think so,,Horsebox,,BUSBY.

Easy mistake to make, I always wave at horse boxes and Supermarket delivery vans...:LOL:
From the photos its difficult to say if it is still a horsebox or one that's been converted to a camper due to the amount of windows in it, AFAIK horseboxes don't tend to have the larger windows in the sides or a single door like that on the rear, or maybe it's a 'multi-use' vehicle:

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Is it worthwhile crossing in a motorhome ? Is there overnight parking there ?
Genuine question, never been to Northumberland but it is on the "to do" list

No overnight parking allowed on the Island unfortunately, missing a very lucrative CL or CS opportunity methinks.
There is a huge car park on the island used by many motorhomes for day parking and yes it is certainly worth a visit but go out of season to avoid the crowds. The most magical time to go is in the morning on a rising tide and stay over for the day till it’s safe to cross the causeway again.
There was a thread on here last year I think about being able to overnight on the Island in an area just before the sand-dunes.
 
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There was a thread on here last year I think about being able to overnight on the Island in an area just before the sand-dunes.
The Snook car park Mel, it’s frowned on and there are signs to say no overnight camping and possibly dangerous in very high tides as it can flood
 
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A few years ago we watched a motorhome almost make the same mistake trying to make it off the Island. They got almost to the first rescue box and realised they were not going to make it and luckily they managed to reverse it all the way back to dry land. It was evening so I suspect that they ended up staying on the Island overnight, whether the authorities liked it or not! Mind you I suspect the inside of the van must have been a bit damp.
 
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Thats not a horse box or a camper van, its a prison van you can tell by the bars on the windows.(y):D
Also the fact that it stayed in one piece proves it wasn't a Swift as hab and chassis would have parted company by then.:whistle:
Les
 

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The Snook car park Mel, it’s frowned on and there are signs to say no overnight camping and possibly dangerous in very high tides as it can flood
Ah, thanks for the info ... shame ... I could have made use of my snorkel and flippers! :D

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BBC Newcastle news just now interviewed the coastguard officer in charge of the rescue who said the driver attempted to cross almost at high tide and being spring tides they are higher than normal.
 
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BBC Newcastle news just now interviewed the coastguard officer in charge of the rescue who said the driver attempted to cross almost at high tide and being spring tides they are higher than normal.

Maybe he used to be a U-Boat Captain and wanted the experience again.

It is not only the depth of water that is the problem on that causeway but also the currents whch flow across it during the tides - often well-sealed cars can float and get swept off it.
 

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"Pferdesport" (written large 0n front) = Horsesport.

Fairly conclusive I would have thought.
Doesn't mean that's all it was used for ... :D

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On a normal high tide the water level gets to about 6 inches below the bottom of the yellow warning sign in the photo getting on for 4 feet or more,
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for those not familiar the white building on stilts is the refuge hut. Second photo is taken from the mainland looking out across the causeway, being shallow the water comes in very quickly as many motorists who have ignored the safe crossing times have found to their cost.
 

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Never seen the tide come in at the causeway (I've always been there at the right time) but being so flat I imagine it's like Morecambe mudflats... The tide can outrun you.
 

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