Druridge bay country park & visitors centre
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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
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
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
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!
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.
To find out how to
get there by public transport view bus company information
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
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
No fishing is allowed on the lake.
Emergency phones (999 calls only for Police,
Ambulance, Fire or Coastguard) are located on the outside of the
Visitor Centre and at Togston Links.
There is no lifeguard cover on the sea or
- 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
- Do not jump or slide down the dunes.
- Do not dig or tunnel into the dunes.
- Children should be supervised at all
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