The Sykes Cottages Guide To Craster And Dunstanburgh Castle

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The village of Craster is an ideal destination for a cottage holiday. A small fishing village with a pretty, nineteenth-century harbour on the Northumbrian coast and within the designated Northumbria Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Craster is today best known for both the internationally-renowned Craster kipper and as the starting point for the picturesque coastal path that winds along the basaltic cliffs to the dramatic ruins of Dunstanburgh Castle, one of Northumbria’s most popular visitor attractions. Making the most of the local catch, brought in on ‘cobles’, or traditional fishing boats, the Robson family have been preparing kippers, cod and smoked salmon in the traditional, oak-smoked way and exporting them around the UK and Europe since 1856. The curing sheds or smokehouses are as much a part of the local village landscape as the more famous nearby landmark, Dunstanburgh Castle.

Dunstanburgh Castle is reached by a mile and a half ramble from the village. Active visitors will also enjoy a more challenging loop walk of approximately six miles combining the stunning coastline of this part of the Northumbria with Dunstanburgh Castle. The castle itself dates from the 14th century and is the largest of the thirty-five or so castles in Northumbria. Built by the earl of Lancaster, its relevance was greatest during the Wars of the Roses, rather than during the centuries of Border wars, and to this day its isolation on a rocky outcrop mid-way along the Northumbria Heritage Coast is a striking and arresting sight when setting out on the walk to the ruins. The remains of the massive keep make a dramatic entranceway to the castle, whilst spectacular panoramic views can be had from climbing the stairs inside one of the remaining towers. Nowadays, the site is managed by English Heritage, and is one of the most visited tourist attractions in Northumbria.

Craster has always been a rural community heavily reliant on fishing and quarrying. The summer months find modern day Craster bustling with tourists and the village, together with the nearby towns of Embleton and Alnwick, makes an excellent base for a Northumbria cottage holiday.

Why not take a look at our self catering cottages in Craster?

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