Bolam Lake Country Park & Visitors Centre
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Bolam Lake Country Park lies about 9 miles west of Morpeth and
is signposted off the A696 from Belsay. It is situated in the heart
of the beautiful Northumberland countryside surrounded by historic
landscapes and dramatic views. It has lakeside, woodland and open
grassed areas for all to enjoy with the attractive lakeside walk
being accessible for wheelchairs and pushchairs.
For many years Bolam Lake has been a popular place for a day in
the countryside. Take a leisurely stroll around the lake or explore
the woodland. Bring a picnic and enjoy a summer's day with the
family or explore on your own and discover the wildlife which makes
Bolam Lake so special, including red squirrel, roe deer, great
spotted woodpecker, and nuthatch.
To find out how to get there by public
transport view bus company information here
The visitor centre
The Visitor Centre is a good starting point for your visit. It
has a café, shop and information area. The café sells a range of
hot and cold refreshments, including soup, cakes and sweets. The
shop has local information and sells a range of gifts, books and
maps. The visitor centre and cafe are open from 10.30am to 4.30pm
at weekends, Bank Holidays and school holidays from Easter to
November. From December to Easter it is open from 10.30am but
closes earlier at weekends and during school holidays. It is fully
The toilets are located in the Boathouse Wood car park next to
the Visitor Centre and are open daily.
The three car parks are open during daylight hours and locked at
dusk and a small charge is made for car parking. Each car park has
disabled parking bays. No overnight camping is allowed. You are
advised not to leave valuables in your vehicle.
Feel free to explore the Park on foot, but please respect
boundaries and don't climb fences. The lake side path is surfaced
and suitable for wheelchairs and pushchairs, for who the circuit of
the lake is best done in an anti-clockwise direction and is
approximately 3/4 mile long.
Horse-riders and cyclists please use only the marked bridleway
and give way to walkers.
The park is a great place for walking dogs but dog walkers are
encouraged to keep dogs under control and to be considerate towards
other park users by clearing away dog faeces into the bins
provided. If walking dogs near the park boundary or on the rights
of way outside the park, extra care should be taken to keep dogs
under close control to avoid worrying farm stock. Please respect
the breeding season (spring and early summer) on the lake by
keeping dogs under control near the swans and cygnets.
Picnics & barbecues
You'll find a number of picnic tables around the lakeside with
the main picnic area on the Pheasant Field. The best access to the
Pheasant Field is from West Wood car park. Please take your rubbish
and your barbecue home and do not scorch the grass or wooden
There are picnic tables around the Visitor Centre.
The lake is not suitable for swimming due to submerged hazards
and deep mud. The lake is suitable for rigid canoes but sailing,
motorised and inflatable craft are not allowed. Organised canoeing
groups must book their visit and obtain a permit from the visitor
centre in advance.
The best access to the lake for canoes is from Low House Wood
car park. Boats are not allowed in the nature sanctuary or to land
on the islands. Canoeing is not allowed from March 15 - June 15
Fishing for pike and perch is allowed, but anglers must have a
rod licence and obtain a permit from the garage or Post Office in
Belsay. There is no fishing from boats or in the nature sanctuary.
There is a closed season from March 15th to June 15th
Night fishing is not permitted.
- Life buoys and throw lines are positioned around the
- In winter, do not walk on the frozen lake
Bolam is an ideal place for educational visits and recreational
groups, although staff time is not normally available to assist
groups directly. If you intend to bring a large group please inform
the staff in advance.
Permanent orienteering course
A permanent orienteering course exists in the park. Why not give
this exiting outdoor pursuit a try? Maps and guidance notes are
available at the Visitor Centre.
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Out & about beyond the park
A good network of public rights of way around the Park offer
half or full day circular walks. Our series of self-guided trails
are on sale from the visitor centre. Large walking groups are
requested not to park in Boathouse Wood car park especially at
weekends and during the summer months.
Contact: Telephone Number: 01661 881234.
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