Embleton to Dunstanburgh Castle : A Circular Walk

An easy circular walk to Dunstanburgh Castle from Embleton Village via the beach in Embleton Bay and returning on quiet farm roads. This walk has a little more interest than its companion walk from the ever popular Craster.

Technical sheet
No. 3529543
A Embleton walk posted on 05/07/20 by Alwayswiththehills. Update : 20/11/20
Calculated time Calculated time: 2h35[?]
Distance Distance : 5.23mi
Vertical gain Vertical gain : 184ft
Vertical drop Vertical drop : 184ft
Highest point Highest point : 154ft
Lowest point Lowest point : 3ft
Easy Difficulty : Easy
Back to starting point Back to starting point : Yes
Walking Walking
Location Location : Embleton
Starting point Starting point : N 55.496774° / W 1.634924°
Download : -
Evening Light, After the Rain #2 (Dunstanburgh Castle from Ebleton Beach) Evening Light, After the Rain (Dunstanburgh Castle from Ebleton Beach) Defences; mediaeval and WW2 No 2 Lime Kiln


Park in Embleton Village. We parked beside the hotel, opposite the village shop. Do not park at the front of the hotel, in the parking spaces, or in narrow streets. There is a little parking available next to the children's play park.

(D/A) From the road beside the hotel and village shop walk in an easterly direction, heading towards the coast. The narrow road has a good footpath on the left hand side as you descend to the golf club house. Pass beside the clubhouse and follow the path across the links until you come to a wooden bridge over the stream.

(1) Do not cross the bridge, but take the path on the right, this will lead you through the dunes and onto the beach. (It is possible to walk along the dunes if you wish as an alternative) Turn right and follow the beach, heading towards the castle. Follow the sand all the way to the start of some boulders.

(2) At the start of the boulders leave the beach and take an obvious path between the boulders and the dunes and then the side of the golf course. The path follows the coast and passes a WW2 pillbox before turning to the right and passing under the embankment of the castle, Contour around, beneath the castle and take the lower, right hand path heading towards a rocky gorse covered mound. (You can also take the left hand path and go up to the castle entrance. It is well worth exploring when it is open) The path passes between rocky outcrops and onto an open field where it crosses diagonally to a gate and the path from Craster.

(3) Go through the gate and follow the heavily trodden path back to Craster but look out for a grassy path on your right crossing the field diagonally. Take this up to the top corner.

(4) Cross a stile and follow the path down a natural break in the escarpment. Go through a gate and follow the path to Dunstan Square farm.

(5) Go through a gate and turn right, take the farm road towards Dunstan Steads, passing another WW2 pillbox and an old lime kiln on the far edge of the woods, a third ill box is in the field just past the woods.

(6) At the end of the track (Dunstan Steads) turn left and follow a farm track beside the field with the hedgerow on your right. This soon leads to an opening on the right. Go through the opening and into the next field, turn left immediately and follow the path with the field on the left; you are essentially walking straight on, but either side of the field boundary. At the corner of the field cross the stream and enter some woods. The path cuts through the woods and follows the edge until a path across the field is seen.

(7) Turn right and take the path over the field to the corner of a hedgerow opposite. Cross into the next field and cut diagonally over it into some trees to emerge onto the road. Turn left and follow the road to a junction.

(8) At the junction, cross to the other side and turn right. Follow the road and then path into Embleton.

(9) At the junction turn left and walk down past the play park, then turn right at the next junction, opposite the church, and walk to the hotel and your car. (An alternative from (9) is to go straight on and then turn left and walk past the village shop to your car. (D/A)

Waypoints :
D/A : mi 0 - alt. 144ft - Embleton Village
1 : mi 0.69 - alt. 10ft - Bridge
2 : mi 1.37 - alt. 16ft - Boulders
3 : mi 2.34 - alt. 13ft - Gate
4 : mi 2.58 - alt. 82ft - Stile
5 : mi 2.96 - alt. 115ft - Gate
6 : mi 4.01 - alt. 92ft - Dunstan Steads
7 : mi 4.45 - alt. 102ft - Path
8 : mi 4.89 - alt. 135ft - Junction
9 : mi 5.06 - alt. 151ft - Junction
D/A : mi 5.23 - alt. 144ft - Embleton Village

Useful Information

If you go into Dunstanburgh Castle there is a little shelter, otherwise there is none.

The walk is low level, you will manage this in good approach shoes. As you can see from the photos when we did this in July there were showers and the rain-proofs were out.

The Dunstanburgh Castle Hotel in Embleton serves food and refreshments.

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

Dunstanburgh Castle is worth a visit. Please check the English Heritage website for details. https://www.english-heritage.org.uk/visi... and allow extra time for your exploration.

From (3) you can walk along to Craster and enjoy the Jolly Fisherman Inn, art gallery or even buy some of the famous Craster kippers. Then you can walk back along the path above The Heughs to (4) and follow the walk back to Embleton.

A shorter walk from Craster to the castle and back is found here. https://www.visorando.co.uk/walk-dunstan...

Opinions and comments


Global average : 5/5
Number of opinions : 2
Description quality : 5/5
Routemap quality : 5/5
Walk interest : 5/5

on Mon 24 May 2021 13:08:46 CEST

Global average : 5 / 5

Date of walk : 22/05/21
Description quality : Very good
Routemap quality : Very good
Walk interest : Very good

Wanted a relatively short, low level walk just to stretch the legs and this fit the bill perfectly. Easy going all the way, with little change in gradient. Brilliant views of the castle and Northumberland coastline. Perfect for all abilities and ages.

on Mon 10 Aug 2020 13:37:27 CEST

Global average : 5 / 5

Date of walk : 05/08/20
Description quality : Very good
Routemap quality : Very good
Walk interest : Very good

We enjoyed the walk which was a good mix of coast and country. The map and instructions were on the whole very clear. The only bit we spent time pondering was to cross the field with the notice about the sheep and not cutting through for the pizza place. Problem was the gate on the other side was not visible so we were a bit reluctant but going straight across as directed the gate comes into view. Would certainly do it again and perhaps add going Into Craster.

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