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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
Ascent 15m (49ft)
Descent 19m (62ft)
Max. Elevation 30m (98ft)
Altitude Gain & Loss 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.

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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
OS Grid NU241245
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
OS Grid NU232294
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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