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Walking to Dunstanburgh Castle

May 28, 2014

Northumberland 026On our first day in Northumberland, we took the short walk along the coast from the fishing village of Craster to the ruins of Dunstanburgh Castle – and a little way beyond.Northumberland 029

The views along this stretch of coastline are – to use a much over-used word – iconic, probably featuring on more picture postcards than any other.

It is gentle, easy walking, along turfy paths, just inland from the sea. The castle looked so dramatic as we approached it, amid ever changing light, as first sunshine and then clouds swept in from the North Sea. A wild stretch of low cliffs and Northumberland 033grassy downland.

On the cliffs beyond the castle, the cries of kittiwakes and black-headed gulls.

On the southern edge of EmbletonNorthumberland 039 Bay is a World War Two pillbox, a reminder that seventy odd years ago this was the front line in the fight against Hitler. Northumberland 048

The men who built Dunstanburgh Castle would undoubtedly have understood just why it was there.Northumberland 042



5 Comments leave one →
  1. May 28, 2014 5:27 pm

    Thanks for this. That’s another place to visit, it looks like an interesting site. Is there access to the castle?

  2. May 28, 2014 6:24 pm

    One of my parents’ favourite places there. Love that last photo of the castle 🙂

  3. May 28, 2014 7:42 pm

    Neat link between ancient and more modern fortifications.

  4. May 29, 2014 6:33 am

    Yes, the castle is run by English Heritage and there is an admission fee. There is no direct road access. The walk from Craster is about a mile.


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