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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.
Viewlander, Edinburgh, United Kingdom
A fascinating place to see nature. Classic coastal habitat with much to see and yet so close to major towns and cities.
Peter T, Morpeth, United Kingdom
Nice day out , lovely walk around the lake with the dogs, then relaxing in the cafe with a mug of tea and then awalk along the sandy beach, good day out for the family.
Lovely Place to Vsiit
Jack D, Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
We often visit Druridge Bay Country Park to walk our dog as there are plenty of different routes to chose from depending upon the weather and the tides, We particularly like walking on the beach but the walk around the lake just as pleasant. If you want a nice quite walk surrounded by nature then this is the place. We don't bird watch but I would imagine that this is an excellent place for those that do.
8Ball1954, Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
Had a lovely walk around this well laid out Country Park. The wind was blowing and this was whipping up waves on the lake. The weather had been wet but the paths are well drained with only the odd puddle. The Coffee shop was closed today but is open on a Friday and at weekends. Plenty of parking at a reasonable price. This is a hidden gem.
Graham J, Nuneaton, United Kingdom
Walked round the lake and along the beautiful beach. It was a windy day and it blew the cobwebs away! Loved the stepping stones. Great play area.