Craster to Dunstanburgh Castle route

Craster to Dunstanburgh Castle
Admire fishing boats floating lazily on Craster's harbour, let the charcoal scent of L Robson and Sons’ smokehouse tickle your nostrils and wander towards the pocket-sized chunk of the once grand fortress, Dunstanburgh Castle on this short route.

Castles, Kippers and Cask Ales

This easy walk along the coast offers fantastic sea views and an incredible view of Dunstanburgh Castle for the entirety of the route. The castle can only be reached on foot and is just a flat, 1.3 mile walk from the village of Craster, making it a great choice for a gentle stroll.

Park in Craster (a popular option is to park at Craster Tourist Information Centre where a large car park is conveniently located for the walk). From here, just head past The Jolly Fisherman, past the quaint harbour and towards the castle.

Enter the castle for a fee upon arrival, or explore its exterior. If you have a dog, they cannot enter the castle, but they are more than welcome up to and around the castle. Many visitors with dogs enjoy a local ale, a coffee or a hearty meal at The Jolly Fisherman pub after their walk, where canine friends are welcome. 

You can either turn back and return to Craster, or those wanting to extend can continue past the castle to Embleton Bay, a quiet, pristine beach that is largely unknown by tourists.

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