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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.
Our favourite area
Traveler21Steph, York, United Kingdom
As locals we love to go here with the dog, it’s about 5km around the lake but on a nice day it passes in no time. We’re here almost every weekend. It has a small cafe and local events are held here quite a lot. There’s also a beach and a big car park. Of course, everything is dog friendly.
Best beach in England
David R, Royston, United Kingdom
Never fails to disappoint, this beach has miles and miles of empty beach, endless sand and also some classy sand dunes. A busy day is when you can see two or three others ahead of you. Great for walking the dog, thinking great thoughts or simply emptying your mind of all it’s baggage as the waves roll in beside you. I proposed to Mrs R here countless years ago and she even said yes, so it really is a special place for us!
Walking the grandson
Steven B, Prudhoe, United Kingdom
We went today for a walk with our grandson. It is a loverly place only spoiled by the bagged and unbagged dog mess laying around. Take it to the bins you dirty mingers.
poggy11, Harrogate, United Kingdom
We visited Druridge Bay when in Cresswell. A magnificent bay backed by sand dunes, and remarkably quiet. No fun fairs or amusements just beautiful nature. Bird watchers love it as well I am told.
A feast for your eyes
Dazcmartin, Morpeth, United Kingdom
This is a wonderful part of the Northumbria coast often overlooked or passed by visitors on their way to the beaches at Craster, Bamburgh etc This has dynamic open spaces, wonderful strolls along and around the golden sands of the expansive beach, and a real sense of "being away from it all". The visitors centre is worth a look and there's loads of parking spaces. There is also a lake you can circumnavigate before you pull into the car park- well worth a visit