Dunstanburgh Castle was built in the 1300’s by Earl Thomas of Lancaster, initially, it’s thought as a resistance to the King. Later it was taken over and used as a strong hold against the Scots. It was also a focus of action during the Wars of the Roses.
It now stands as a majestic ruin, looking out over the dramatic Northumberland coastline between Craster and Beadnell. It can be reached only on foot which adds to it’s glorious isolation and is a good trip for anyone who likes ruins, history and dramatic scenery.
Walking for 30-40 minutes from Craster, through fields of cattle and sheep, you take a coastal path. The walking is easy and dogs can go along, as long as they are on a lead. There is no beach here and the sea crashes in over rocks which give way to the fields on which you are walking.
Once at the ruin you enter through the impressive gateway of the castle, approaching up a small hill which makes the gate all the more awe-inspiring. Dunstanburgh doesn’t take long to look around as it’s quite a small site but it’s also worth taking some time to take in the beautiful views across the ocean and the surrounding countryside.
Spend an afternoon out in the fresh air enjoying one of Northumberland’s many castles.