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Dunstanburgh Castle, Northumberland seen from the beach at Craster with waves washing over the rocky shore on a sunny day
Dunstanburgh Castle seen from the beach at Craster | © National Trust Images/David Sellman
North East

Craster to Low Newton coastal walk

Enjoy magnificent views and miles of sandy bay on this circular coastal walk. Embark from the fishing village of Craster, pass by the mighty ruins of Dunstanburgh Castle and the long sweep of Embleton Sands, before reaching Low Newton by the Sea.

Seasonal highlights

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.

Total steps: 9

Total steps: 9

Start point

Craster, grid ref: NU258201

Step 1

Start in Craster and walk towards Dunstanburgh Castle, passing Craster harbour. The path takes you through farmland with the rocky shoreline to your right.

Step 2

Continue along the route past Dunstanburgh Castle, or pop in for a visit. National Trust members visit the castle for free.

Step 3

At the base of the castle, turn left and follow the route around the inland side of the castle, with the cliff on your right.

Step 4

Pass a golf course on your left and descend onto the beach. Stroll to the far end of Embleton Bay and cross Embleton Burn as it trickles into the sea.

Step 5

Continue along the bay towards the harbour at Newton Haven.

Step 6

Climb up from the beach to Low Newton's picturesque three-sided square. Continue inland via a track that starts behind the village square, cottages and boat park.

Step 7

Walk alongside the sand dunes and through a little woodland for 450yd (400m), until you reach two wildlife hides that look out over the waters at Newton Pool nature reserve.

Step 8

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

Step 9

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

End point

Craster, grid ref: NU258201

Trail map

A map outlining a walking route from Craster to Low Newton along the Northumberland coast, with steps marked on the map
Craster to Low Newton walk | © Crown copyright and database rights 2013 Ordnance Survey

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