Northumberland County Walk
Dunstanburgh Castle from Craster
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Walk Route Description
Craster, famous for its kippers, is a small "working" fishing village north of Alnmouth and provides a suitable starting point for this coastal walk. Park in the National Trust car-park just outside the village (grid ref NU256197) and use the signed footpath that leads down to the harbour. Turn north and follow the broad path that crosses fields towards the dramatically located ruins of Dunstanburgh Castle. Despite the lack of high cliffs, this is a dramatic section of coast especially when a strong northeasterly is blowing! The shore is backed by rocks of a volcanic nature - a dolerite sill - providing a tough barrier to the erosive power of the sea.
Dating from 1314, with a long and often tempestuous history, Dunstanburgh is the largest of the Northumberland Castles and is open to the public. Stay with the main path until you almost reach the castle entrance before veering left to follow a clear path skirting the western side of the fortifications. This leads to the south end of Embleton Bay.
Following the coastal path, cross the golf course to reach a pleasant section along the dunes at the back of the beach - of particular note are the swirls of lava that can be seen on this section just above high water mark. Approximately one mile after the castle turn inland to Dunstan Steads farm, recrossing the golf course on a clear path.
At the farm turn left on a signed paved track through the farm. This leads through fields to reach Dunstan Square after another mile or so. Climb the stile and turn left on the signed footpath. This leads up through the Heughs (a dolerite escarpment) to drop down to the path used on the outward route. Retrace your steps back to the car park.
Other walks nearby
Walk 3335 Howick & Cullernose Point from Craster - easy - 4.5 miles/7.3 km
Walk 3522 Bamburgh Castle circular - easy/mod - 7.5 miles/12.2 km
Walk 2738 Budle Bay from Bamburgh - easy - 4.0 miles/6.5 km
Walk 1805 An introduction to the Breamish Valley - easy - 2.0 miles/3.3 km
Walk 3242 Holy Island - Lindisfarne Castle & Emmanuel Head - easy - 4.4 miles/7.2 km
Walk 3344 Holy Island & Lindisfarne Castle Circular - easy - 4.3 miles/7 km
Walk 1766 Cushat Law and Bloodybush Edge from Hartside - mod/hard - 12.5 miles/20.3 km
Walk 2677 A circuit of Doddington Moor - easy - 3.8 miles/6.2 km
Walk 1202 The Simonside Hills near Rothbury - easy - 4.5 miles/7.3 km
Walk 1764 The Cheviot from Langleeford - mod/hard - 8.2 miles/13.3 km
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