Druridge bay country park & visitors centre

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Druridge Bay

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Overview

Druridge Bay Country Park can be found off the A1068, 3 miles south of Amble. Take the turning opposite the Hadston junction. You can park by the lake or follow the road to the main car park at the Visitor Centre. The beach, the visitor centre (and toilets), and the childrens play areas are all a short walk from the main car park.

Ladyburn lake

The Park comprises three miles of beautiful beach and sand dunes, plus a large freshwater lake surrounded by woods and meadows. The variety of surroundings means you are sure of an enjoyable visit whatever the time of year. You can take a pleasant walk around Ladyburn Lake, or enjoy a sheltered picnic overlooking it. The lake is available for launching windsurfers and non-motorised boats (by permit), and sailing, windsurfing and canoeing courses are held each summer. You can enjoy watching birds on the lake and seashore, discover the many wild flowers on the dunes or, for the more active, fly a kite or take a dip in the sea! The Park is a good base from which to explore the surrounding area by bike, or to stop for rest and refreshment on your way through.

The visitor centre

The Visitor Centre has displays and information about the local area, and a café and shop which is open at weekends and during school holidays. The ground floor is accessible to wheelchairs. A young children’s play area next to the Visitor Centre ensures there is something at the Park for all age groups and good surfaced paths lead around the south shore of the lake and to the beach. The Park is popular for group days out. Please let us know if you are bringing a large party.

Druridge Bay Country Park visitor centre

The toilets and information area are open daily from 9.30am to 4.30pm. The cafe, shop and display rooms are open from 11.00am to 4.00pm between April and September at weekends, on Bank Holidays and during the school summer holidays.

A range of leaflets and local information is available, including three self-guided trails around the Country Park, and maps of the orienteering course.

Nearby is a young children's play area outside the visitor centre and a small obstacle course for the young at heart of all ages!

Car parking

The Park gates are open to vehicles during daylight hours. A small charge is made for parking - Pay & Display using the ticket machine by the Visitor Centre. You are advised not to leave any valuables in your car. No overnight camping is allowed without consent.

Picnic areas with tables are provided near the lake and Visitor Centre. Barbecues may be used in picnic areas and on the beach, but please remove all remains and don't scorch the grass or tables.

Public transport

To find out how to get there by public transport view bus company information here

Ladyburn lake

The lake is not suitable for swimming but is available for sailing, canoeing and windsurfing by permit from April to the end of October. In autumn and winter many birds use the lake for roosting and feeding and no watersports take place.

The current charges for watersports permits are:

Day: £4 per child, £6 per adult, £12 per family.

Season: £30 per child, £40 per adult, £60 per family.

Email the park or call at the visitor centre to purchase a permit.

No fishing is allowed on the lake.

Safety information

Emergency phones (999 calls only for Police, Ambulance, Fire or Coastguard) are located on the outside of the Visitor Centre and at Togston Links.

Druridge Bay Country Park children building sandcastles

There is no lifeguard cover on the sea or lake:

  • Be aware of the tides
  • Don't swim in the lake unless you are taking part in authorised watersports.

The dunes may be unstable in places due to erosion, and wartime debris such as barbed wire may be exposed:

  • Do not jump or slide down the dunes.
  • Do not dig or tunnel into the dunes.
  • Children should be supervised at all times.

Contact information

For further details contact:

Location: Druridge Bay Country Park, Red Row, Morpeth, NE61 5BX.
Contact Number: Telephone/Fax 01670 760968.

Country park parking permit

You can purchase an annual parking permit to park your car at the Council's country parks without needing purchase a daily ticket. For more information on country park parking permits click here.