Newton and Craster

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Newton & Craster


Newton-by-the-Sea is just over 2 miles south of Beadnell. Although it is thought charming today, a dismissive 19th century writer described it as a village of pantiled cottages and stables along three sides of a square, where only the public house has an upper storey.

In more modern times, Newton's sheltered bay has proved ideal for water sports. Behind the dunes is Newton Pool Nature Reserve, where in specially constructed bird hides the keen birdwatcher can observe mallard, coot, teal and swans.

To the south of Newton, the beautiful beaches of Embleton Bay stretch down the coast to the romantic ruin that is Dunstanburgh Castle and it's neighbouring village of Craster. The commercial fortunes of Craster, as with those of many other coastal havens reliant on the white fish trade declined with the advent of large scale trawling. However all was not lost,  for the whinstone platform thrusting into the sea nearby provides lobsters and crabs with an ideal enviroment in which to thrive. Now these shellfish are harvested for most of the year.   Walking up from the harbour, you soon come to the mainstay of Craster's economy today - the Kipper factory, an enterprise started at the turn of the century. Kippers are smoked Herrings. The raw fish were formerly locally caught, but now come to Craster from the ports of north-west Scotland. To smoke Kippers in the traditional manner takes between 12 and 16 hours. The season lasts from May to September.

About a mile from the village is Craster Tower, dating from the 15th century. This is the home of the Craster family, who have been associated with the area since before the Norman conquest.

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