Beadnell to Craster
Northumberland County Walk
County/Area - Northumberland County
Author - Lou Johnson
Length - 7.9 miles / 12.8 km Ascent - 300 feet / 91 metres
Time - 4 hours 20 minutes Grade - easy/mod
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Walk Route Description
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This linear walk along the Northumberland coast starts from Beadnell and heads south Craster passing 13th-century Dunstanburgh Castle along the way. The route follows the Northumberland Coast Path (also the England Coast Path) offering easy walking with few navigational problems. Highlights of the walk include the fishermen's cottages at Low Newton-by-the-Sea, beautiful sandy beaches, and the imposing ruins of Dunstanburgh Castle. To the end the walk, why not sample the excellent seafood at Craster?
The walk starts from the main carpark at Craster (grid ref. NU256197). The walk uses a bus transfer from Craster to Beadnell (Route X18). Note that services are limited with no buses on Sundays. Alight from the bus in Beadnell and make your way to the sea front and turn right along Harbour Road. Continue ahead forking left (signed to the 18th century lime kilns). Continue to the back of the beach and turn left to the small harbour and adjacent lime kilns. To continue, descend to the beach for about 600 metres to take a path on your right through the dunes to join the coast path (approx. grid ref. NU231281).
Turn left along the coast path, cross the bridge over Brunton Burn, pass Link House Farm, and continue to Low Newton-by-the-Sea where refreshments are available in season. Continue south past Newton Pool Nature Reserve (on your right) and follow the path which runs parallel to the extensive Embleton Bay Beach. As you make progress Dunstanburgh Castle becomes increasingly dominant in the view ahead perched on black Whinstone cliffs. The coast path keeps to the right of the castle and then continues south behind a rocky foreshore to reach Craster. Do allow time to explore the village and harbour before returning to the car park.
Note The route follows the coast path, which in places trends away from the shoreline. You may wish to leave the main path and walk along the beach especially in Beadnell and Embleton Bays.
Other walks nearby
|Bamburgh Castle circular
|Budle Bay from Bamburgh
|An introduction to the Breamish Valley
|Holy Island - Lindisfarne Castle & Emmanuel Head
|Holy Island & Lindisfarne Castle Circular
|Simonside Hills & Rothbury
|Cushat Law and Bloodybush Edge from Hartside
|Circuit of Doddington Moor
|The Simonside Hills near Rothbury
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