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by Erin (subscribe)
I travel as much as possible at home and abroad. I'm always ready for new experiences
Published December 21st 2012
Dramatic cliff-side ruins on England's North East Coast
For an off-the-beaten-path experience, there's almost no better place than the North East Coast of England. Dramatic cliffs, the stormy North Sea, and medieval ruins, the coast is full of undisturbed and isolated scenery.

Photo by Erin Connelly.


Dunstanburgh Castle is perched precariously on a cliff-side overlooking the sea. This Northumberland ruin is not far from another famous castle, Alnwick, which was the inspiration for Hogwarts in the Harry Potter films. That fact gives some idea of the almost magical beauty and mystery surrounding these north country ruins.

Photo by Erin Connelly.


The cliff-side ruins of Dunstanburgh are only accessible via a rocky footpath that weaves up a gentle slope through sheep pastures and wet marshland. The ruins are right on the edge of a cliff, which provides a stunning view of the waves crashing into the caverns below the castle. There are no fences or guards in this remote place and caution should be exercised when creeping up to the cliff edge.

Photo by Erin Connelly.


Photo by Erin Connelly.


On the back of the castle, the jagged coastline is accessible for beautiful views of the cliffs and the sea, even on misty, sunless days.

Photo by Erin Connelly.


A deserted place with an air of mystery and danger, this castle should not be missed on a weekend journey up to the north country. A willingness to climb and get a bit wet and muddy is required, but that's also part of the fun of exploring rarely visited places.
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Why? Impressive cliff-side ruins overlooking the sea
When: See website
Phone: 01665 576231
Where: Craster, Alnwick, Northumberland, NE66 3TT
Cost: Free
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