Craster to Dunstanburgh Castle Walk
This walk takes you along a beautiful stretch of the Northumberland coastline from Craster to Dunstanburgh Castle and then on to Embleton Bay and the Newton Pool Nature Reserve.
Dunstanburgh Castle was built in the 14th century, being one of the largest and grandest fortifications in Northern England at the time. The dramatic ruins are now a popular tourist attraction, standing on a remote headland with fine views of Embleton Bay and Craster.
This walk starts at the small fishing village of Craster and follows the coastal path past the castle to Embleton Bay where you will find a lovely beach and sand dunes. You continue to the Newton Pool Nature Reserve where you can use the bird hides to look out for Herons and Barn Owls.
The castle is located about 5 miles north east of Alnwick where you can continue your walking in the lovely Hulne Park or around Alnwick Castle and gardens. The extensive park has several waymarked trails with woodland, riverside paths and wonderful views from the high points.
The St Oswald's Way walking route runs past the castle so you could extend your walk along this footpath.
Heading north with take you to Beadnell where you will find the lovely Beadnell Bay with its 2 mile long sandy beach.
You can also try our Craster Circular Walk and visit the Arnold NWT Nature Reserve and the interesting cliff formations at Cullernose Point.
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Craster to Dunstanburgh Castle Ordnance Survey Map - view and print off detailed OS map
Craster to Dunstanburgh Castle Open Street Map - view and print off detailed map
Craster to Dunstanburgh Castle OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking
Craster to Dunstanburgh Castle Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking
Back in Craster the Jolly Fisherman is a good choice for some post walk refreshment. The historic pub includes a fine interior with roaring fires, stone flagged floors and low beamed ceilings. They serve delicious sea food which you can enjoy with a lovely sea view over Craster's delightful harbour. You can find them at Haven Hill at postcode NE66 3TR for your sat navs.
The coastal paths make for a fine dog walk. You are asked to please keep them on leads around the castle. The Jolly Fisherman mentioned above is also dog friendly.
Further Information and Other Local Ideas
The area is great for wildlife so keep your eyes peeled for various sea birds and dolphins as you make your way along the path.
To visit more significant historical sites in the area try the Alnwick to Bamburgh Walk. This starts from the 11th century Alnwick Castle and passes Dunstanburgh before heading to Bamburgh Castle with its 12th century keep.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Northumberland Walks page.