St Cuthberts Cave



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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 on the way. Cuthbert was bishop of Lindisfarne. He converted Lindisfarne to Roman Christianity from Celtic Christianity. I'm not sure if that's in his favour or not!

The cave is approched from a wooded path, which branches off into a ferned glade leading to the cave. It is a very special place, very peaceful. The rock of the cave is soft, and there are a lot of carvings - nothing prehistoric that I could see, but a lot of interesting 'graffiti' over the last few centuries. This includes carvings from the family that owns the land, though I would not class this as 'graffiti' - it is much more thoughtful than that. See if you can find the tributes they have carved .

In this synth I've tried to show how the cave appears to you as you approach it from the path. I am amazed about how well the synth program has replicated my photos. Although there is one bit where it gets it badly wrong!

You approach the cave along the path, explore the cave, leave via the ferned glade and are met by the vista of the Cheviots. But, the best bit is zooming in on the graffiti and testaments, or exploring the cave, or seeing the little pillar of rock that supports the caves overhang, or seeing my bike, or the Cheviot landscape - I can't make my mind up.
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Date Created 8/7/2009

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Nathanael Over 1 year ago
It saddens me that people graffiti something like this:

On a cheerier note, this synth is really worthy of some highlights. How about it?
TonyErnst Over 1 year ago
+1 on the highlights. Great job kration.
kration Over 1 year ago
Good suggestion re. the highlights Nathaniel - I'll work on it.

In defence of the graffiti highlighted by Nathaniel, this is a tribute added by the owners of the land to their family, and has always been done in a way that is respectful to the site. Indeed, tributes like this from the land owning family date back a few centuries and are part of the sites history and interest (though my photos only show the most recent tributes). Compare this to the more scrawled carvings - though even the more impulsive graffiti has it's own history too. The fact that the family which owns the land then lets the general public enter and explore the site is to their credit. The site will also be closely controlled by governement bodies such as English Heritage and I'm sure that any carvings such as the highlighted ones will have been subject to detailed government scrutiny.
PGRic Over 1 year ago
A really enjoyable synth.
Nathanael Over 1 year ago
Just to be clear... I didn't mean the "In memoriam,,," text, but rather the bits off to the side of it. The memorial was what I thought should be honored.
kration Over 1 year ago
Nathanael - thanks for the clarification re. the memorial. My apologies for misinterpreting your original comment, and for spelling your name wrong :)

Also thanks for the suggestion re. using highlights. I've added these and hopefully they make the synth easier to explore.
amn.hodge Over 1 year ago
great point cloud
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