Know before you go
Parking informationPark in Holburn Village or use the parking for St Cuthbert's Cave at Holburn Grange.
A network of public footpaths and bridleways run around the edge of the reserve, including the route from Holburn Village and Holburn Grange to St. Cuthbert’s Cave, and a section of St. Cuthbert’s Way. These paths vary in width and can be very wet and boggy in places.
The main entrance to the reserve is via the St. Cuthbert’s Cave car park in Holburn Grange (NU051351). A wide grass track (more than 2m wide) leads uphill for 400m to a 5-bar gate and stile, where an ‘Access Land’ sign indicates the entrance to the reserve. A second access point is to the east of Holburn village, via a metal 5-bar gate which gives access along a public bridleway (NU046361) into the reserve. The terrain is varied throughout the reserve. Along the public bridleway, which runs through the southern edge from Holburn to St. Cuthbert’s Cave, the ground is generally level enough to allow access, although can be wet. The permissive footpath leading over Greenshaw Hill is narrow and rocky over the summit, wider but often boggy on the lower slopes. Off the footpaths, the terrain is a very rough mix of heather and boulders.
When to visit
Best time to visitAutumn and winter
About the reserve
The peat bog at Holburn lies in a valley to the east of Greensheen Hill. The hill, with a path leading over the top affords the best views over the site and surrounding countryside, including Lindisfarne and the Cheviots.
Lindisfarne has historical links with the reserve as it is alleged that the monks of Lindisfarne Priory used to take peat from here as fuel and this may account for the strange square hollows across the site. Now the reserve is an internationally designated wetland linked closely to the Lindisfarne National Nature Reserve area due to movement of wildfowl between the two.
The reserve is managed in partnership with Ford and Etal Estates.