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Dunstanburgh castle and the Northumberland coast

A moderate walk (coast) starting and finishing in Northumberland, England, about 11.30km (7.02 mi) long with an estimated walking time of about 3:15h. It is suitable for families with children, but unsuitable for prams & pushchairs, wheelchairs.
Elevation Profile
Gain 15m (49ft)
Loss 19m (62ft)
Max. Elevation 30m (98ft)
Elevation (total) 34m (111ft)
Distance 11.30km
Duration ~3:15h
Created by Anonymous Walker on 18 Sep 2016
This walk passes one of England's most evocative coastal sights - Dunstanburgh castle, which dominates this fabulous stretch of coastline. Start from Craster, famous for its kippers, and continue past the beautiful sandy bays north to Beadnall - allowing time to enjoy the famous castle on route. Buses between Alnwick and Berwick connect the start and finish points.

Walk Functions


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Walk Map


OS Grid NU258198
Take the bus to Craster to begin the walk. Head to the harbour and pick up the St Oswald's Way.
OS Grid NU258207
Easy navigation here; keep the sea on your right as you head north along the footpath.
About 0.88 km (~0.55 miles) from
OS Grid NU255218
This is the main attraction along this stretch of coastline - the 14th century castle at Dunstanburgh, an amazing sight as you approach from the south: www.nationaltrust.org.uk/dunstanburgh-castle
About 1.11 km (~0.69 miles) from
OS Grid NU247222
Continue along the coast to the vast curve of Embleton Bay.
About 0.89 km (~0.55 miles) from
OS Grid NU241231
Continue along the bay. For a shorter walk, leave the coastal path here and head into Embleton.
About 1.10 km (~0.68 miles) from
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This is the next village, at the northern end of the bay. There's a good little pub here if refreshments are needed: www.shipinnnewton.co.uk
About 1.41 km (~0.88 miles) from
OS Grid NU226269
The second of the two swooping bays on this walk. Enjoy the views as you reach the end of the walk.
About 2.82 km (~1.75 miles) from
OS Grid NU234287
Enter the town on its southern side, by the harbour.
About 1.99 km (~1.24 miles) from
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The walk finishes at the bus stop by the Craster Arms, where there will hopefully be time for a pint before the bus back home: http://crasterarms-co-uk.php5.hostingweb.co.uk/
About 0.76 km (~0.47 miles) from

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