Beadnell to Craster, Dunstanburgh Castle

Beadnell to Craster

Route: Beadnell to Craster

Area: Northumberland

Date of walk: 18th March 2020

Walkers: Andrew and Gilly

Distance: 9.5 miles

Ascent: 500 feet

Weather: Mostly cloudy

Today’s walk from Beadnell to Craster was a linear one, and to make that possible we parked the car in Craster and caught the 9.34am bus to Beadnell, further north along the Northumberland coast. For anyone who prefers a shorter walk, the bus also stops at Embleton and High Newton-by-the-Sea

After alighting from the bus in Beadnell we walked through the village to the harbour and the old lime kilns. From here we descended to the beach. The OS map shows a public footpath further inland, but we preferred to walk along the golden sands, which stretched ahead of us for miles

We turned inland briefly when we reached Long Nanny, a burn which flows inland from the moors, but after crossing the footbridge we were able to continue our journey across the sands. After passing by Snook Point and Football Hole we arrived in the little village of Low Newton-by-the-Sea, where we had refreshments at the excellent Ship Inn. From here we walked across the beach of Embleton Bay, with ever improving views of the stark outline of Dunstanburgh Castle ahead of us. The castle was built by Earl Thomas of Lancaster between 1313 and 1322, taking advantage of the site’s natural defences and the existing earthworks of an Iron Age fort. There is no road access, and it can only be reached on foot

After passing around the castle (which was closed today) we followed an easy grassy path for about 1 mile to our destination – Craster, home to the famous Craster Kippers

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