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Druridge Bay is a living landscape, rich in wildlife and with big plans for the future. The bay is a stunning seven mile stretch of sand running from Amble to Cresswell and is a popular place to ride, cycle walk, paddle and surf. Today there is just the sound of the surf and seabirds, but the beach has a fascinating and varied past.
In the 19th century coal was mined nearby and during World War II Druridge Bay was thought of as a possible landing place for a German invasion. You can still see the anti-tank blocks and pill boxes that were constructed to defend our shores. If you enjoy sailing you can launch your own boat on the park's lake.
Within the park you will also find a series of smaller nature reserves home to everything from a resident herd of swans to rare birds like the Golden Eye Snipe. The bay has its own partnership which body is currently working to raise money to improve it further and turn Druridge into a nationally renowned wildlife tourism destination.
Druridge Bay Country Park has all the amenities you will need to enjoy a day at the coast with toilets, cafe and children's play area. The park is centred on a lake with surrounding meadows and woods which has been restored from an old opencast coal mine and is maturing into a very pleasant landscape for walks and picnics. In addition, 3 miles of high-quality beach and sand-dunes offer ample space to get away from it all.
Facilities include a visitor centre with information, toilets, a cafe and gift shop (open most weekends and school holidays), activities, water sports, bird-watching, walks, orienteering and cycling. For further details on any of the events contact the Park staff at Druridge Bay Country Park, Hadston, Nr Morpeth, Northumberland. NE61 5BX. Normal Car Parking charges apply throughout the year.
Walk around the lake
Sueholmfirth, Holmfirth, United Kingdom
Lovely walk around the lake, nice to see responsible dog owners had picked up after their dogs, good paths nice and clean. Lots of walks in countryside or lovely big beach. Nice friendly staff in visitor centre cafe, snacks, sandwiches, soup etc, but think only open at weekends.
Sea, countryside and lake
Lilian M, Morpeth, United Kingdom
Lovely area, good facilities, excellent boating lake and fantastic beaches. We met up with son and family and daughter and family and a friendWe had two children, three dogs and four horses with us. We all had a fabulous time with plenty of beach space for us all to enjoy. Beautiful sea views.
Great Lake location
Nadine V, Cambridgeshire, United Kingdom
Beautiful spot has a number of forest coastal and lake side walks, children and dogs will love the environment and facilities.
Walk in the sunshine with the dog
wigglyline, Rugby, United Kingdom
Our first visit to this area and we were very surprised and delighted how beautiful this beach is and the sand was brilliant for dog walking. it was an ideal beach to introduce our puppy to. A beautiful place
We have visited here a few times since finding it. The park itself is beautiful and a nice walk around the lake. We did the kayaking here, it was great value and we all enjoyed it. Then you get to the beach. Breathtaking