Low Newton and Craster – Oct 2022


Date: Sunday 30 October 2022
Start time: 10:00 am
Distance: 9 miles
Difficulty: Moderate (Distance)

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Low Newton and Craster

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The Low Newton and Craster walk takes us along Embleton Bay past the 14th Century Dunstanburgh Castle, before continuing onto Craster.

After lunch we will head back to Low Newton, we may use the Northumberland Coast Path or stick to the beach.


Hills: General - AscentKey0-98x27 No hills
Distance: General - DistanceKey1-98x27 Medium distance
Grade: General - GradeKey2-98x27 Moderate (Distance)
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We start at the car park in High Newton-by-the-Sea.  A little walk into the village, down an alley and across a field, leads us to Low Newton-by-the-Sea.

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Low Newton-by-the-Sea

This little fishing village is right on the beach, and because the road here doesn’t lead anywhere, it is very quiet.  The Ship Inn sits in the corner of the square of fishermen’s cottages.

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We leave Low Newton and head straight onto the beach at Newton Haven.  Once round the headland by the nature reserve, we reach Embleton Bay.  From almost every point on this beach, you will be able to see Dunstanburgh Castle, in the distance.

Embleton Burn

There is a slight sting in the tail of Embleton Bay and that is Embleton Burn.  Often, this can make quite a river across the beach, which can make for wet feet.

As with many beaches in Northumberland, it is wonderful and great for Nordic Walking.

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Dunstanburgh Castle

Eventually we will leave the beach and skirt around the end of the golf course.  The imposing ruined castle sits on top of Castle Point.

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There are a few other interesting features here though.  There is a significant sized WW2 pillbox, as well as Greymare Rock and Rumble Churn.  Greymare Rock is a peculiar rippled piece of rock on the shore.  This is igneous Whin Sill rock and the ripple would have been made when it was molten.  Rumble Churn is also Whin Sill but it is a vertical feature that shows the section of the rock on which the castle is built.


We walk along underneath Dunstanburgh Castle to Craster, where we will stop for lunch.

There are a few places to eat in Craster, the Piper’s Pitch (near the Tourist Information), the Jolly Fisherman and the Shoreline Cafe.  Alternatively you could bring your own picnic and enjoy it near the harbour.

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Back to Low Newton

We will either walk back to Low Newton along the beach again or alternatively on the Coast Path and up past Dunstanburgh Castle Golf Course.  Leaving the golf course we reach Embleton Links.  There is a large nature reserve here, which is great for bird watching.  However, one peculiar feature here are a range of wooden huts situated in the dunes.  These huts were apparently built in the 1930’s by golfers who wanted to stay close to the course.  They may look quaint but are very spartan, with no mains electricity and running water for only part of the year.

The Ship Inn

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When we arrive back at Low Newton, we can enjoy some refreshments at The Ship Inn or The Joiners Arms before returning to the car park.

Hope to see you there.

Julie and Martin x

Gallery – Low Newton and Craster

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This shows the start location for this walk.

Nearest postcode: NE66 3EA
OS Grid Reference: NU 23430 24965
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Directions: The village of High Newton-by-the-Sea is signposted where the B1339 (Coastal Route) and B1340 meet, just North of Embleton.  The Joiner’s Arms is also signposted.
Toilets: The nearest toilets are in Low Newton-by-the-Sea – which we will be walking past.
Parking: We will park in High Newton-by-the-Sea Car Park.  This is on the right just before High Newton-by-the-Sea village. The car park is free.