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    Dunstanburgh Castle Coastal Walk

    Dunstanburgh Castle Coastal Walk

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    The Dunstanburgh Castle Coastal Walk is a beautifully scenic and historic adventure in Northumberland that will take you along the coast to view a 14th Century castle. While out walking the trail you will traverse the sandy beaches and rugged terrain of the shoreline, enjoying breathtaking views looking out onto the North Sea before arriving at the impressive fortifications of Dunstanburgh Castle. Whether you are completing this walk for the views of the fascinating history, you will surely not be disappointed.

    Route Description for Dunstanburgh Castle Coastal Walk

    Although it is a beautiful route, the Dunstanburgh Castle Walk lacks signage for a good portion of its length. While this is slightly inconvenient, you can simply follow along the water’s edge as you traverse the beach portions of the trail. Asd you will be making your way through a variety of coastal terrain, you will want to wear walking shoes that are sturdy and comfortable. Additionally, those who want to fully explore the site of Dunstanburgh castle should book a ticket in advance to ensure that you are able to do so.

    Featuring beautifully scenic views along the rugged Northumberland coastline, this walking route is perfectly suited for those who enjoy gazing out at the sea and visiting fascinating historical sites. While there is a cost to access Dunstanburgh Castle, the feeling of exploring the historic ruins and feeling as though you have been transported back in time is well worth the price of admission.

    Setting out from the trailhead at Low Newton-by-the-Sea Beach, you will make your way to the south along the sands while enjoying the beautifully scenic views looking out onto St Mary’s Haven and the North Sea further afield.

    After passing by the Dunstanburgh Castle Golf Course, you will make your way along the water’s edge while enjoying views of Embleton Bay, continuing along the beach path before climbing uphill to meet up with a trail.

    Following this trail to the southeast, you will eventually arrive at the magnificent site of Dunstanburgh Castle, a 14th Century coastal fortification that was built by Earl Thomas of Lancaster between 1313 and 1322. Here, you will be able to explore the impressive ruins of the castle, although it is operated by English Heritage, so there is a fee required to enter.

    Take some time to explore the rich history of the site and take in the breathtaking views along the Northumberland coast that stretch out into the blue expanse of the North Sea. After spending some time here, you will simply head back along the same route to relive the natural beauty of the coast on the return leg of the Dunstanburgh Castle Coastal Walk.

    Trail Highlights

    Dunstanburgh Castle

    Situated on the coast of Northumberland, Dunstanburgh Castle is a Medieval fortification that dates back to the 14th Century. The castle was constructed by Earl Thomas of Lancaster from 1313-1322 and was most likely meant to be a personal refuge from political turmoil, as the Earl strongly opposed King Edward II. The castle would later play a role in conflicts with the Scots and the later War of the Roses.

    Frequently Asked Questions

    Do you have to pay to enter Dunstanburgh Castle?

    Dunstanburgh Castle is operated By English Heritage and there is a fee to enter and explore the grounds.

    How old is Dunstanburgh Castle?

    Dunstanburgh Castle dates back to the 14th Century, with construction on the fortifications taking place between 1313 and 1322.

    Insider Hints for Dunstanburgh Castle Coastal Walk

    • Wear proper footwear for traversing rugged coastal terrain.
    • Book your ticket in advance if you want to explore the castle.
    • Keep your dog on a lead at all times.

    Getting to the Dunstanburgh Castle Coastal Walk Trailhead

    The trailhead for the Dunstanburgh Castle Coastal Walk can be found at the Low Newton-by-the-Sea Beach, next to Newton Square.

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