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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.
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Invigorating & Stunning
Joanna8700, La Rochelle, France
Access to this park by car is easy and there is plenty of parking so that those with limited mobility can still enjoy the wonderful open spaces. It is regretful that the council has recently installed parking charges even with first hour free as the number of visitors has plummeted as a result. Even the cafe car park charges, still the upside is that it is easier to park and get served. The park is essentially in two parts. A large lake with walks around and off and over - seek out the stepping stones, Access to the national cycle route and directly to the northern shores of Druridge Bay. Bird lovers will not be disappointed with the variety abundant in both locations. When I have taken visitors to the park they remark how wonderful the almost deserted beach is and the joy of a park that is so natural. It is a shame the park is so under utilised, but on the other hand that is a benefit to being able to enjoy it in a natural and undisturbed state. There are from time to time the odd kayakers and rowers and even the odd wild water swimmer. Its a dog walkers paradise and you almost have to own one to fit in with the local users.
D V, Gosforth, United Kingdom
Nice walk around the lake and up to the dunes. Beautiful day in unspoilt countryside. Lots of bird life on the lake as well as sailors and kayakers.
Birds windsurfing wonderful scenery and refresments
davidsd164, Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
A place we go to again and again because the variety of birds changes with the seasons. Easy parking and a good cafe. No charge for entry to the country park.
Bank holiday visit
Stephen G, Morpeth, United Kingdom
Visited Drudge Bay Country Park with our Daughter and partner and their two children of 5 and 18months. New playground facilities were great, and whilst the playground was busy there were enough pieces of play equipment for them to be on something all the time without queuing. Hope the park is maintained in its present condition
Good, less than hour walk around lake, next to the beach. Great for anyone really.There is also a visitor centre to pop in and some water sports in season