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Craster is a picturesque fishing village with a small harbour and views north towards the ruins of Dunstanburgh Castle.

It’s famous for its smokehouse, which can often be smelt before it can be seen. If you’re partial to smoked fish, buying some kippers or fish cakes from the smokehouse is a must.

Craster also has a number of pubs and cafes to give you food and drink options. The Jolly Fisherman is a traditional pub, with good food and sea views. Muddy boots and dogs are welcome. Shoreline Cafe is also dog-friendly and gets excellent reviews – especially for its haddock chowder and selection of cakes.

There is a pay-and-display car park on the approach to Craster where you can leave your car and take the short stroll into the village. This keeps the village pleasingly free of visitors’ cars.

From Craster, you can walk along the grassy path to the ruins of Dunstanburgh Castle. It’s a fairly easy walk, just over one mile to the castle, with grazing sheep and cows on one side and the rocky shoreline on the other. As there’s nothing separating you from the farmer’s livestock, dogs must be kept on a lead.

If you’re looking for a longer walk, you can continue past the castle down on to the sandy beach at Embleton Bay. If you’re in a group with more than one car, a good plan is to leave a car at the car park adjacent to Dunstanburgh Castle Golf Course (accessed from Embleton) before starting the walk from Craster. That way you can go all the way from Craster, past the Castle, on to the beach and up to the car park without having to worry about having to walk all the way back.

Great for dogs because there are plenty of dog-friendly eating and drinking options so there’s no need to leave them behind in the car. They’ll also enjoy the walk along the coastline to Dunstanburgh Castle, although your canine friend needs to stay on the lead because of the proximity to the sheep and cattle along the way.

Great for kids because they can explore the harbour, look at the fishing boats and enjoy a cake in one of the cafes. If they like castles and are up for the walk, you can take them along to the ruins of Dunstanburgh Castle to play knights and queens, or whatever else their imagination can conjure.

7.7 miles from
Old Salt Cottage

A boat in Craster harbour

A boat in Craster harbour

Beautiful gardens overlooking Craster harbour

Beautiful gardens overlooking Craster harbour

The wonderful smokehouse in Craster

The wonderful smokehouse in Craster

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