Howick Hall to Craster Circular Walk

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Easy
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2.5-3h
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10.1 km
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177 m
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Howick Hall to Craster Circular Walk

The Howick Hall to Craster Circular Walk is an amazing outdoor experience in Northumberland that will showcase an historic estate and provide wonderful seaside views. While out walking the trail, you will explore the estate grounds that are the historic seat of the Earls Grey, before traversing the coastal landscape for views looking out onto the North Sea. This exceptional route features easy-going terrain, stunning views, and fascinating history, making it ideal for a fun family adventure.

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Route Description for Howick Hall to Craster Circular Walk

Although the Howick Hall to Craster Circular Walk isn’t very technical, it is still an intermediate length route that features some rugged coastal terrain. Be sure to wear proper walking boots for this adventure. Additionally, the initial portions of this walk pass through the grounds of Howick Hall, meaning you will need to purchase a ticket (£8.80 for adults) if you want to access the start of the trail. Lastly, Howick Hall does not allow dogs on site, so you will need to either leave your canine companions at home or skip out on the beginning of the walk.

Featuring the stunning Howick Hall and breathtaking views of the North Sea, this walking route has a little bit of something for everyone. Whether you are hoping to explore the ancestral seat of the Earls Grey that provided the name for the popular tea, or are simply looking to explore the beautiful scenery of the Northumberland coast, you will certainly not be left disappointed after undertaking this adventure.

Setting from the trailhead, you will head to the southeast around Howick Hall, where you will be able to gaze upon the impressive architecture of the 18th Century country house. Continuing on through the woodland terrain of the estate, you will follow closely along the banks of Howick Burn as it winds to the southeast to eventually meet up with the coast near Suger Sands Beach.

Turning left along the path, you will follow along the water’s edge as it leads north, enjoying sweeping views across the North Sea as you traverse the coastal terrain. After tracing along the coves, beaches, and points along the coast, you will eventually arrive in the charming seaside village of Craster, where you can spend some time exploring the shops, cafes, and harbour before continuing along the trail.

Leaving the village of Craster behind, you will head to the southwest along a footpath that leads out into the picturesque farmlands of the coastal plain. Take some time to appreciate the beauty of the surrounding fields, as you make your way across a road and continue working gently uphill across the open countryside. Eventually, you will arrive back at the forested estate grounds of Howick Hall, keeping to the southwest until you arrive back at the starting point of your adventure along the Howick Hall to Craster Circular Walk.

Trail Highlights

Howick Hall

Located in the village of Howick, Northumberland, Howick Hall is the historic seat of the Earls Grey, including Prime Minister Charles, 2nd Earl Grey. This is the world famous Earl Grey whom the popular tea is named after. While the estate dates back to the 14th Century, the current house on site was built in 1782 and has been improved upon several times since, most notably in 1926 after a large fire destroyed the interior of the house. It is now the seat of the Barons Howick of Glendale.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can you take dogs to Howick Hall?

Unfortunately, dogs are not permitted at Howick Hall, with the exception of assistance dogs.

Who lives in Howick Hall?

Howick Hall has been in the ownership of the Grey family since 1319 and is currently inhabited by Charles Baring, 2nd Baron Howick of Glendale, who is the grandson of Charles Grey, 5th Earl Grey.

Insider Hints for Howick Hall to Craster Circular Walk

  • Wear proper walking boots for this adventure.
  • Unfortunately dogs are not permitted at Howick Hall.
  • You will need to purchase a ticket in order to explore the grounds of Howick Hall.
  • The Jolly Fisherman in Craster is a great place to stop in for mid-walk refreshments.

Getting to the Howick Hall to Craster Circular Walk Trailhead

The trailhead for the Howick Hall to Craster Circular Walk can be found in front of Howick Hall itself.

Route Information

  • Backcountry Campground

    No

  • When to do

    Year-Round

  • Pets allowed

    Yes - On Leash

  • Family friendly

    Older Children only

  • Route Signage

    Average

  • Crowd Levels

    High

  • Route Type

    Lollipop

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