St Oswald's Way
Craster to Warkworth - 13½ miles / 21½ km
Route Map
The base map used on this website image have been produced from the Ordnance Survey Get-a-Map service. Images reproduced with kind permission of Ordnance Survey and Ordnance Survey of Northern Ireland.

Craster Starting from the RNLI lifeboat station the Way heads south east into the tiny village of Craster. Some may want to stop at the fishmongers to pick up some Craster Kippers, one of the products that makes this community famous.
Now head south and quickly you are onto a grass path as it heads towards Cullernose Point.

Cullernose Point looking north At Cullernose point there are great views to both north and south. The image adjacent is a view back up the rocky coastline to Craster. The walking on this section of the route is on grass paths over meadow land and shoreline tracks.

Stone Age Settlement - Howick The Iron Age forts lasted from around 700 BC to 43 AD and were occupied by considerable numbers in this coastal region. In Howick there were two known at Howick Scar and the one shown here at Howick Burn.

However even earlier there were Mesolithic settlements in Howick circa 8000BC. These conical timber buildings would house up to about 6 people and these early inhabitants would be hunters and fishers. Both animals from the land and seals and fish from the sea would be a staple part of their diet.

Footbridge between howick and Boulmer After passing the Mesolithic reconstructed hut the Way soon crosses the Howick Burn by a pedestrian bridge before heading along the edge of a series of rocky outcrops that are called Longhoughton Steel and then Boulmer Steel.

To the right and inland you can see the buildings of RAF Boulmer, this is the home of a helicopter operation that is often seen and heard of in terms of air sea and mountain rescue missions.

Boulmer Walk through Boulmer with its small fishing and boat community. The front has a sandy beach but the coastline is very rocky at this point and indeed the low rocks form an inland harbour know as Boulmer Haven.

After Seaton Point the rocks stop and a sandy bay starts, this being the more prominent coastal landscape from here to the end of the days walk.

Alnmouth Bay The walk on the sands ends at Foxton hall where there are a few houses and a golf course clubhouse. The Way meanders round the buildings and along the side of the Foxton Golf course rising up to a vantage point between the Foxton and Warkworth Golf Course and overlooking the Marden Rocks. From this vantage point it is possible to pick out the location of Amble at the southern end of the Bay.

Bridge over River Aln The path drops south west into Alnmouth and then to its southern point before heading right into the River Aln lower estuary. This area is tidal and the estuary can be significant in size at high tide. This is a haven for wildlife and birds and the walking routes goes anti clockwise round the estuary then heads south parallel to the A 1068 before again heading towards the coastline at Buston Links.

Alnmouth from A 1068 At low tide and if the river Aln is running slowly it is possible to wade across the river and return to the Way on the south side, but this is not the route that is officially defined.

Birlings Carrs looking south to Amble Once into Buston Links the path is on the inland side of the dunes until it reaches the slightly more elevated section at Birling Carrs.
This is a National Trust managed site and is protected for its Sea Rocket which are clumps of purple flowering grasses.

Warkworth Golf Club From this point the walk is beside the golf course until it reaches a point close to the club house.
walkers need to take care as the route does cross from one side to another of the fairways and then runs parallel to a hole but in the area of the rough.
It turns now inland and up a drive to join a minor road heading west towards Warkworth.

Warkworth centre On entering the community the way cross the main road and using an old stone bridge over the River Coquet the route quickly reaches the centre at the Bridge Street and Dial Place. This may be the stopping point or the walker may want to walk up the hill to visit the Warkworth Castle and to enjoy the panoramic views from this elevated position.

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Holy Island - Bamburgh 19 miles / 30½ km
Bamburgh - Craster 14 miles / 22 km
Craster - Warkworth 13½ miles / 21½ km
Warkworth - Rothbury 18 miles / 29 km
Rothbury - Kirkwhelpington 15 miles / 24 km
Kirkwhelpington - Heavenfield 17½ miles / 28 km

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