St Cuthbert's Cave

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Location: B6349, turn north to Holburn Grange Cottages. Northumberland. 2km walk.
Open: n/a
Fee: n/a
Classification: sandstone cave.
Light: none, not necessary.
Guided tours: n/a
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St Cuthbert's Cave is named after Saint Cuthbert (634-687), who travelled from Lindisfarne to Durham, and rested in this cave.

Cuthbert was bishop of Lindisfarne. He converted Lindisfarne to Roman Christianity from Celtic Christianity, following the synod of Whitby in 664. In 676 he retired and tried to attain greater perfection by means of a contemplative life. It is not really clear, where he went, most likely it was St. Cuthbert's Island near Lindisfarne. But others think it was here at St Cuthbert's Cave.

Nearly two hundred years after Cuthberts dead, during the Danish invasion of 875, Bishop Eardulf and the monks fled for safety. They carried the body of the saint with them and wandered for seven years. They brought him to Cumberland, then to Galloway and back to Northumberland. St Cuthbert's Cave is said to have been one of their stops.

St Cuthbert's Cave is a natural cave in sandstone, a sort of shelter or overhang. It is not particularly big, but it is big enough to be a good shelter for a small group of people.