Holwick and Cullernose Point from Craster

A Craster walk posted on 04/07/16 by Walking Britain. Update : 06/07/16

A leisurely Northumberland walk that offers the chace to visit Holwick Hall (NT) and also explores a section of the North Sea Coast. The route follows a section of the Northumberland Coast Path.

Technical sheet
Calculated time Calculated time: 2h00[?]
Distance Distance : 6.94km
Vertical gain Vertical gain : 24m
Vertical drop Vertical drop : 32m
Highest point Highest point : 42m
Lowest point Lowest point : 3m
Easy Difficulty : Easy
Back to starting point Back to starting point : Yes
Walking Walking
Location Location : Craster
Starting point Starting point : N 55.47161° / W 1.596144°
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Famous for its kippers, Craster is a small "working" fishing village north of Alnmouth.

(D/A) The start is the National Trust car-park just outside the village (grid ref NU256197) where there is also an information centre. After parking, walk to the car park exit. Just before the road take the signed footpath on your left. This climbs slightly and leads to a road (grid ref. NU251193) with Craster South Farm opposite.

(1) Take the farm access track and follow the footpath signs through the property. The path turns half left after the last building on your right and continues along a field with the boundary on your immediate left. Continue along the path into the next field again with the boundary on your immediate left. At the end of this field you will see a small hill ahead with a trig point on its summit. This is Hips Heugh with its steep western flank.

(2) The onward path goes to the right of Hips Heugh and bears half right across field towards some trees. Cross the small stream and join a bridleway which is followed south to reach a road and the entrance to Holwick Hall (grid ref. NU249175). Turn left along the quiet road and walk east towards the sea ignoring the lane off to the left.

(3) Where the road bends sharp left, continue ahead on a track leading to the coastal footpath. Reaching the sea, turn left and follow the Northumberland Coast Path and St Oswald's Way back into Craster. Remember to allow time to explore the harbour and perhaps sample the local kippers before returning to the car park on the edge of the village (D/A).

Waypoints :
D/A : km 0 - alt. km 0
1 : km 0.64 - alt. km 0.64 - Craster South Farm
2 : km 1.42 - alt. km 1.42 - Hips Heugh
3 : km 3.34 - alt. km 3.34 - Continue ahead
D/A : km 6.94 - alt. km 6.94

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Opinions and comments


Global average : 4.67/5
Number of opinions : 3
Description quality : 5/5
Routemap quality : 4.33/5
Walk interest : 4.67/5

on Fri 16 Nov 2018 09:05:11 CET

Global average : 4.33 / 5

Date of walk : 01/11/18
Description quality : Very good
Routemap quality : Good
Walk interest : Good

Loved this walk with my family and dog. It makes a change from the usual walk to Dunstonburgh from Craster and gave us views of thing's we'd never seen before.

We'll definitely do it again when we are in the area.

on Mon 12 Nov 2018 16:10:12 CET

Global average : 4.67 / 5

Date of walk : 11/11/18
Description quality : Very good
Routemap quality : Good
Walk interest : Very good

Nice easy walk, great views of coast.

on Mon 13 Aug 2018 10:37:39 CEST

Global average : 5 / 5

Date of walk : 13/08/18
Description quality : Very good
Routemap quality : Very good
Walk interest : Very good

A lovely walk which provides a pleasant variety of scenery and a beautiful view of the coast. Walkers might like to know that an extra walk up to the trig point on Hips Heugh is worth the view, though you can only continue the walk by coming back down again. Also it's worth bearing in mind that when you reach the coast you don't see the fascinating rocks that include Rumbling Kern which you need to access by leaving the path before returning to Craster.

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