Craster to Low Newton coastal walk

Walking trail

For a refreshing, invigorating and beautiful coastal walk, Northumberland is without compare.

Enjoy magnificent views and miles of sandy bay

This walk begins from the fishing village of Craster, passing the mighty ruins of Dunstanburgh Castle, and the long sweep of Embleton Sands before reaching Low Newton by the Sea. A wonderful walk all year round, with dune flowers blooming in spring, paddling (or swimming for the brave) in summer, migrating birds in the autumn, and beautiful light and empty paths in winter.


Map route for Craster to Low Newton coastal walk


Craster, grid ref: NU258201


Start in Craster and walk towards Dunstanburgh Castle, passing Craster harbour. Craster used to be a busy fishing village, but now only a few boats moor in the harbour. The path takes you through farmland with the rocky shoreline to your right. It's worth looking in the sheltered rockpools for eider duck.

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Pass the castle (or pop in - National Trust members can visit the castle for free). In summer, roosting swallows swirl overhead and amongst the ruined chambers and staircases.

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At the base of the castle turn left and edge around the base of the castle (on the inland side of the castle on the outbound part of the route) note the peculiar cliff formation to your right. The Greymare Rock was formed by volcanic pressure that folded the limestone. From April to August it's a breeding spot for kittiwake and fulmar.


Pass a golf course on your left and descend onto the beach. The concrete bunkers on the sand were built during the Second World War. Stroll to the far end of Embleton Bay and cross Embleton Burn as it trickles into the sea. If you haven't already - and if it's warm enough - you may want to take your shoes and socks off.


Look out for oystercatcher and other shore birds around the Emblestones as you approach the harbour at Newton Haven. Sometimes seals can be spotted basking at the far end of the rocks. Search for marine creatures such as sea anemones, limpets, crabs and starfish in the rockpools. There are also lots of seaweeds like pink-coloured coralline, and, bladder, saw and knotted wracks.


Climb up from the beach to Low Newton's picturesque three-sided square. Take a break at the Ship Inn or head to the National Trust information place. Like Craster, Low Newton has a strong fishing heritage. The little square of cottages was built in the 19th century for local fishermen. Look north from the village to see a former Coastguard Station on top of the hill: it's now a National Trust holiday cottage. Continue inland via a track that starts behind the village square, cottages and boat park.


After 450yd (400m) walking next to sand dunes and through a little woodland, you reach two wildlife hides that face out over the waters at Newton Pool nature reserve. The smell of meadowsweet in summer is delightfully strong.

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Continue on this path towards Dunstan Steads. Dunstanburgh's precipitous cliffs loom large again as you pass the golf course.


After the castle, climb up to your right on a higher level track back to Craster.


Craster, grid ref: NU258201

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Craster to Low Newton coastal walk


Circular walk mostly on flat, firmly surfaced paths of grass or natural gravel. Some of the route passes through softer dunes and there's a short climb down onto the sands of Embleton beach. The path between points 6 and 7 is an all-ability trail to an accessible wildlife hide at Newton Pool.

Keep dogs on short leads near livestock and under close control on the beach.

Craster to Low Newton coastal walk

How to get here

Craster, Northumberland, NE66 3TT
By train

Alnmouth, 7 miles (11.2km).

By road

Craster is about 40 miles (64km) north of Newcastle, off A1 above Alnwick.

Craster to Low Newton coastal walk

Facilities and access

  • Dogs welcome under close control