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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.
Lovely stretch of beach
Claire N, Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
It’s a lovey walk along the beach and having the country park there is great too. They have toilets, a little cafe and a selection of books for walks in Northumberland or the history of the place. Dogs were allowed off lead (well we didn’t see any signs stating other wise). I’d definitely be visiting again.
I had been here many years ago and glad to return last week. Its a lovely long beach, great for a big walk with the dog and to get some fresh air. You can literally walk for miles and explore dunes, rock pools at parts and even along to some ancient tree fossils further along. Will certainly come back again. Wish I lived nearer!
peteandjoyce8, Accrington, United Kingdom
Visitedon the last day of a weeks holiday, did a 5 mile figure of 8 walk round the lake and round the nature reserve followed by the beach, Oscar the dog loved swimming in the lake and the sea
Great walk with wildlife.
ELIZABETH B, Newcastle, United Kingdom
Druridge Bay Country Park is a great day out. Beach and countryside walks, a lovely lake, free car parks a well maintained visitor centre and clean toilets it has something for everyone.
301lisa33, Coventry, United Kingdom
Due to lack of signage on the roads we ended up at the beach itself and did not go into the Country Park itself. Even there there were no signs into the Park. (It really would be useful to visitors to provide some guidance.) However it was the beach we wanted really. The day we visited was sunny but with a cold wind. There were very few other visitors. Fabulous for a long easy walk