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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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what a surprise
sadly it was raining heavily on the morning we visited so a lot of the birds were taking shelter. we still manage to walk the 3 km round the lake though as the paths are good plenty of parking great cafe though not dog friendly
Beautiful park and beach
Visited here today for a walk and picnic with our baby. It's a beautiful park and the beach is amazing with very few people on it. The beach and park are immaculate. The nature reserve also means wildlife is abundant. There are plenty of benches dotted around to take in the stunning views or have a rest and relax. Great day out for.
Susan K, Bolton, England, United Kingdom
A gorgeous country park that has a beach and a beautiful lake to walk around, plenty of parking and lovely picnic areas. Very clean and well looked after.
We visit here often with our daughters and dog - lots of happy memories and fun in the fleeting sunshine days x x. X We are so lucky to have this on our doorstep
Fabulous Resource on my doorstep...... unvisited until now!
ELIZABETH B, Newcastle, United Kingdom
Over the years I must have driven past the entrance hundreds if not thousands of times and never ventured in! Finally I made the turn off the road and there it was a fabulous country park and beach combined. Backing onto Druridge Bay the park was an old opencast mine. After it's working life was over the area was landscaped and planted and is now a beautiful community resource. Miles of good paths, excellent free parking, a visitors centre with cafe and toilets. Excellent beach access and a stunning lake which is a water sports facility and a very popular open water swimming venue. The walk around the lake is approx 1.5 miles of flat paths fully accessible for wheelchairs and buggies, there are numerous benches, many of which are inscribed with dedications to late family members. These are testament to how many people have derived great pleasure from this beautiful place. There are wildflower meadows and woods to explore. A huge variety of wildlife including a pair of swans who are the most attentive parents to their seven very sweet cygnets, how any fairy tale teller dared to describe these little balls of fluff as ugly ducklings is beyond me! There are many very tame and very greedy ducks who waddle across to you as you sit on the benches in the water sports car park, fearless of dogs they march up and scrabble for food, a particularly handsome silver mallard has been nicknamed gutsy by us as he is the bravest, feeding from your hands and pecking at your shoes (or in my case flip flops) when you ignore him to feed the others. The park is well maintained are are dog bins around the park and rubbish bins at the visitor centre where there is also an excellent children's playground. Druridge Bay extends for miles in either direction, again there is excellent walking and beautiful views. This is a fabulous spot, completely free including parking.