Craster, a lovely small fishing port lies just to the north of Howick Hall and
a little to the south of Dunstanburgh castle. The harbour was built to help
with the shipping of quarried stone ( see note on memorial below) so it looks industrial and functional. Not quite
the pleasant and quaint port which it now is. You can sit in the local pub ( The Jolly Fisherman), on one of the
outside tables and watch the lobsters and crabs being landed.The kipper smoking shop is next door and yes, you can
eat the kippers in the pub.
The inscription to Captain Craster in whose memory the harbour was constructed:
Hoide Felix Craster
Craster Memorial harbour Constructed in memory of Captain Charles Pulleine Craster
46th Punjabis Who fell in action during the Thibetan expedition June 1904
He took a deep interest in the provision of a harbour at Craster and his brothers and sister chose this way
of perpetuating his memory
Just down the coast there is a wonderful walk to the castle at Dunstanburgh.
Right next to the car park at the entrance to Craster is the Arnold memorial wildlife park. To quote the National
wildlife trust :
"The reserve lies on an outcrop of the Whin Sill; it is an old quarry with scrub and woodland. The woodland and
scrub includes ash, elm, Scots pine, elder and gorse with willow fringing the stream."
The Google map for Craster is here..you can clearly see the distinctive outline of the harbour breakwater and
the rocks lieing off shore
Craster,Northumberland in a larger map