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June’s walk of the month: Howick Hall to Craster circular

As summer sunshine warms our cockles, it’s time to stretch our legs along the coast.

Written by Becky Hardy
Published 03.06.2023

Distance: 10km (6.3 miles)

Elevation: 177 metres

Time: 2.5 – 3 hours



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


It’s been glorious to feel some proper heat on our bones over the last few weeks and long may it continue.

Because of the notoriety of British summertime, however, we decided to strike while the iron (and the sunshine) was hot and choose a right coastal corker for June’s walk of the month: the Howick Hall to Craster circular.

More varied than a walk along a stretch of sand, this Northumberland adventure showcases an historic estate – the age-old seat of the Earls Grey – and some rolling countryside along with an unbeatable coastal landscape that looks out onto the North Sea.

Easy-going terrain, breath-taking views and fascinating history combine to make this walk ideal for a family adventure.

HLN Hint: The initial portions of this walk pass through the grounds of Howick Hall, meaning you’ll need to purchase a ticket (£8.80 for adults) if you want to access the start of the trail. Dogs are also not permitted on site.


Setting off from the trailhead, head southeast around Howick Hall, where you’ll be able to take in the impressive architecture of this 18th century country house.

Continuing on through the woodland terrain of the estate, follow 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, 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’ll eventually arrive in the charming seaside village of Craster, where you can spend some time exploring the shops, cafés, and harbour before continuing along the trail.

Leaving the village of Craster behind, head 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’ll 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.


For more information about the Howick Hall to Craster circular walk or for more walking inspo across Northumberland, visit the 10 Adventures website

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