Low Newton and Dunstanburgh – May 2021


Date: Saturday 29th May 2021
Start time: 10:00 am
Distance: 8 miles
Difficulty: Moderate (Distance)

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Low Newton and Dunstanburgh

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The Low Newton and Dunstanburgh walk takes us to 14th Century Dunstanburgh Castle, and back to Low Newton, along two routes.  The outward journey is along Embleton Bay and the return journey follow the Northumberland Coast Path.


Hills: General - AscentKey0-98x27 No hills
Distance: General - DistanceKey1-98x27 Medium distance
Grade: General - GradeKey2-98x27 Moderate (Distance)
Map: General - 340-HolyIslandBamburgh-Map-thumb
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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.  We will walk past it on the way to the return path.

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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.

The Heughs

A little way past Dunstanburgh Castle, we turn inland and head over the gorse covered Heughs.  These are Whin Sill ridges that extend from Dunstanburgh to Craster and on to Cullernose Point.  We turn north at Dunstan Square Farm and continue up to Dunstan Steads.  On the way we pass another smaller WW2 pillbox, this time pointing in the opposite direction.

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The beach is a gorgeous place to walk, as with almost every other beach in Northumberland.  Low tide is also the best time to cross Long Nanny Burn, as it is shallow.  It leads directly to Beadnell harbour, from where we head up into town.

Back to Low Newton

From Dunstan Steads we head back to 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 situate din 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, before returning to the car park.

Hope to see you there.

Julie and Martin x

Gallery – Low Newton and Dunstanburgh

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This shows the start location for this walk.
Nearest postcode: NE66 3DH
OS Grid Reference: NU 23430 24965

Parking: We will park High Newton Car Park.  This is on the right just before High Newton-by-the-Sea village. This car park is free.

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.