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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.
Country Park on the coast
Popped in to check the lake and sea for birds. Very happy to have a hot cup of coffee in the cafe. Thanks to Graham.
Valerie S, Morpeth, United Kingdom
Just the place to take visitors. Lots of nature trails and also on the beach. Ideal for a picnic. Watch the children near the water.
V3628APpeterh, Morpeth, United Kingdom
Spent a very nice day walking around the lake and a stroll along the beach followed by a very nice cup of coffee and homemade cake
Lovely calm spot
stella1001, Lancaster, United Kingdom
A perfect place for a quiet walk. Lots of birds and not too long to complete the circuit. A few geocaches round the lake too if you want to make the walk more interesting.
Lovely place for a walk.
NewcastleLucky, Darlington, United Kingdom
We visited mid week in early November, so very quiet. We walked around the lake, and then onto the beach. Both lovely and we were lucky with the weather. Cafe in visitor centre only open weekends and school holidays. Toilets there, and picnic areas outside. Free to park. Dog friendly, although around the lake need to be kept on lead due to wildlife.