Embleton, Dunstanburgh and Craster Day Walk

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Lowland and Hill Walks
Mar 30
2019

10 people attending

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£10.00
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14.5 miles fairly flat

Starting in the village of Embleton, this figure of eight walk heads to the coast, the golf course and beyond. The ruin that was Dunstanburgh Castle comes into view.

The castle was built by Earl Thomas of Lancaster between 1313 and 1322 and was fought over during the Wars of the Roses. The castle never recovered and fell into ruin. At the castle we have the option of a snack stop outside or take half an hour or so for an early lunch break. The castle itself is an English Heritage site with an entry fee of £5.40/£6.00(gift aid). English Heritage members gain free entry and so do National Trust members (except on event days).

It's onward to Craster, which developed as a fishing village with the main catch being herring. Herring was cured to make kippers. These days, imported kippers are cured at Craster with local boats fishing for crabs and lobster.

From Craster it's then onward to St Oswald's Way and the coastal path with spectacular views. After passing features such as Black Hole, Swine Den, and Rumbling Kern, the route heads away from the coast to Longhoughton and on to pass the entrance to Howick Hall. The hall was build by Sir Henry Grey in 1782, however its most famous resident was the second Earl Grey who led the movement in 1831-2 that resulted in the Great Reform Act. Grey's Monument in Newcastle upon Tyne commemorates this.

The route then passes Hips Heugh before heading towards Craster to complete the lower portion of the figure of eight. Upward the hike goes to take in a view of the castle from a different perspective. Then it's past Dunstan Square and Dunstan Steads to close the figure of eight and finish back at Embleton. There'll be a pub stop for those who want refreshments.

Dunstanburgh Castle Entrance
Pink flowers on rocks nearby Dunstanburgh Castle
signpost
Stream Entering Sea near Longhoughton
Orange tip butterfly on St Oswald's Way
Hips Heugh near Craster
Craster harbour
Embleton Village Pump
Dunstanburgh Castle Entrance
Pink flowers on rocks nearby Dunstanburgh Castle
signpost
Stream Entering Sea near Longhoughton
Orange tip butterfly on St Oswald's Way
Hips Heugh near Craster
Craster harbour
Embleton Village Pump

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