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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.
michelle d, Morpeth, United Kingdom
There is plenty of parking, including a visitors centre with a cafe that is reasonably priced. Nice walks within the park and also along the beach.
A gem of a find for a peaceful beach walk
KatyGKnaresborough, Knaresborough, United Kingdom
It was the end of a somewhat dull Summer Solstice Day however still wanted to get in a beach walk if possible. Turned into the Country Park and followed the winding road along to the far car park. The Park itself looked wonderful although we followed the signs To The Beach. Wow, could see for miles and so few people. The only note of caution would be the signs indicating quick sand and sink holes, so we walked in the other direction. Would highly recommend this.
mtweld, newcastle upon tyne
Fantastic place to get away from the crowds, great and helpful visitor centre and probably the best beach on the UK on it's doorstep. Check out the events calendar
Lovely walks, lake and beach, quite breathtaking and free parking😀👍would reccommend thoroughly , good facilities toilets and outside tap for doggy drinks🐕
Chicken soup for the soul
teekanala, Greater Manchester, United Kingdom
This is a regular place that we visit on our trips to Northumberland with our two dogs. It is a beautiful stretch of beach that is very quiet. The coastline is stunning. The dogs have freedom to explore and you can walk for miles and miles. Car parking is ample and there are toilets and a cafe at the visitors centre. Thee is also a country walk near the lake which again is wonderful. We absolutely love this this place almost as much as our two dogs.