Dunstanburgh Castle from Craster

A very short and easy amble along the shoreline to the dramatic Dunstanburgh Castle. For these reasons it is very popular.

Technical sheet
No. 1464171
A Craster walk posted on 09/09/18 by Alwayswiththehills. Update : 09/09/18
Calculated time Calculated time: 1h25[?]
Distance Distance : 2.9mi
Vertical gain Vertical gain : 66ft
Vertical drop Vertical drop : 69ft
Highest point Highest point : 82ft
Lowest point Lowest point : 10ft
Easy Difficulty : Easy
Back to starting point Back to starting point : Yes
Walking Walking
Location Location : Craster
Starting point Starting point : N 55.471684° / W 1.596087°
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There is a good car park on the right as you approach the village.

(D) From the car park take the path through the gate past a building below and left of the path. It soon curves right with a nice garden on the left until it joins a road. Take the road to the first junction (1) and turn left.

Follow the road to another junction with the Jolly Fisherman in front of you, turn left again and walk towards the harbour (2).

At the harbour take the path along the harbour edge and at the end turn left and take the road up and then right past some cottages to the road end (3). There is a gate, please take notice of the signs as livestock (cattle and sheep) are often found in the field beyond; please keep all dogs on a lead.

Take the obvious path across the shoreline fields, drop onto the shore itself if you wish to. You will pass through another two gates; at the second one follow the more obvious lower path straight ahead before turning left and heading up towards the castle itself (4)

The castle is owned by English Heritage, members will get in for free otherwise you will need to pay for entrance. There are chemical toilets and tea/coffee in the entrance shop.

Return via the same route.

Waypoints :
D/A : mi 0 - alt. 59ft - Car park
1 : mi 0.11 - alt. 49ft - Turn left at junction
2 : mi 0.22 - alt. 36ft - Harbour
3 : mi 0.35 - alt. 23ft - Gate at road end
4 : mi 1.45 - alt. 82ft - Dunstanburgh Castle
D/A : mi 2.9 - alt. 59ft - Car park

Useful Information

The car park was £2 in September 2018 for all-day parking.

Although short, allow 2 1/2 hours for the walk there and back and a tour of the castle.

The Jolly Fisherman does take bookings but there are tables in the bar and outside. The food is excellent.

Visorando and this author cannot be held responsible in the case of accidents or problems occuring on this walk.

During the walk or to do/see around

The dramatic Dunstanburgh Castle and its owners have played an important part in England's turbulent medieval history. There are good views from the top of the keep and on a clear day you will see the Cheviot.

Seascapes, farmland and distant fells can all be seen on this walk. The cliffs are home to many seabirds.

Craster is famous for its kippers, the smokehouse is usually working and the shop next door will sell you kippers and other sea food.

Mick Oxley, a local artist has his gallery just along the road form the Jolly Fisherman.

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