Craster

Today Craster is best known for it's beautiful coastal walks with views and it's traditionally smoked kippers.

Craster originally took it's name from the Craster family. It's history can be traced back to the 13th century when William de Craucetr held the estate. Evidence of battles from days gone by can be seen in the 15th century rectangular stone built Pele tower.

The Craster family continued to influence the seascape when in 1906 they built the current harbour in memory of Captain John Craster who was tragically killed during active service in India in 1904.

Walking south from the harbour, up the small bank past the RNLI station initially leads to The Jolly Fisherman public house opposite the famous L Robson and Sons, where kippers and salmon are still prepared in the traditional method of oak smoking. Their produce is distributed all around the country, with admirers including the Royal family.

A further few minutes stroll leads to Mick Oxley's gallery and studio and Shoreline Cafe & Shop and Shoreline Accommodation.

If you want to stretch your legs even further, you should head north, past the harbour and head for the coastal footpath en route to Dunstanburgh castle. Not to be missed coastal views can be admired from the coastal foot path that leads to the dramatic castle ruins.

Craster is an ideal position to explore the scenic Northumberland coastline from.

The magic Alnwick Gardens, developed by her grace, the Duchess of Northumberland and Alnwick castle, habited by the Percy family are only a short drive in land. The castle starred in the Harry Potter films and is the 2nd largest inhabited castle in England.

Seahouses and Bamburgh are a short drive away. Embleton beach is a favourite with walkers and kite surfers.

The East Coast Mainline, from London to Edinburgh runs alongside the Northumberland coastline.