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
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.
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
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
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 here
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
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
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
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.
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