Addtional information about Northumberland's country parks

The council owns and manages a number of popular countryside recreation sites and coastal sites throughout the county.

The country parks of Northumberland vary greatly in their size and character. They include open coast, valley woodlands, lakes and grassland. Each site provides for the recreational needs of local communities, as well as drawing visitors from across the county and further afield.

Large areas of Northumberland's uplands, together with areas of registered common land, have been designated as access land. This means that the public have a free right of access by foot on this land and are not required to remain on public rights of way.

The right of access includes the right to take dogs onto the land but between 1 March and 31 July, and at any time in the vicinity of livestock, dogs should be kept on a lead. The right to take a dog onto grouse moors can also be restricted throughout the year. When entering access land, take note of any signs giving information about restrictions. Access land across the county is mapped on the updated Ordnance Survey Explorer Series maps.

Look out for the marking symbols that show when you are entering or leaving access land.

Drone use
Launching drones from County Council land is only allowed with the consent of the Council and where a formal license agreement has been signed. The council reserves the right to refuse consent and where consent is granted will require evidence of your Civil Aviation Training Certificate and public liability insurance.
Large areas of Northumberland's uplands, together with areas of registered common land, have been designated as access land. This means that the public have a free right of access by foot on this land and are not required to remain on public rights of way.

The right of access includes the right to take dogs onto the land but between 1 March and 31 July, and at any time in the vicinity of livestock, dogs should be kept on a lead. The right to take a dog onto grouse moors can also be restricted throughout the year. When entering access land, take note of any signs giving information about restrictions. Access land across the county is mapped on the updated Ordnance Survey Explorer Series maps.

Look out for the marking symbols that show when you are entering or leaving access land.
As of July 2018 the Council introduced a small charge for parking at Druridge Bay, Plessey Woods and Bolam Lake Country Parks.

This charge will be used to help the council to fund a substantial programme of enhancements at the three parks, including improvements to the visitor centres at Druridge Bay and Bolam Lake, and new children's play facilities at Druridge Bay and Plessey Woods.

The scale of the parking charges will be:
  • First hour - Free
  • Up to two hours - £1.60
  • Over two hours - £3.00
An annual permit is also available for regular visitors at a cost of £35. Annual permits run from 1 July to 30 June each year. If you would like to purchase an annual parking permit please click on the link below.

You can also pay by phone by calling 0345 600 6400, or in person at our Customer Information Centres.    

Please allow up to 10 working days following payment for your permit to arrive.'
The Environment Agency collects water quality data each year from May to September, to ensure that designated bathing water sites on the coast and inland are safe and clean for swimming and other activities.

Schools and other groups may use the council’s countryside sites as a natural environment for educational activities.

For information about opportunities and resources, please contact the sites directly at the phone numbers given below: An educational activities pack has been produced for Choppington Community Woods Local Nature Reserve. The pack contains ideas and work sheets for school or youth groups who want to visit the site. The activities can also be undertaken at other nearby countryside sites.

The pack can be downloaded by clicking on the links below:
There are opportunities to volunteer at our country parks, local nature reserves and other countryside sites.

If you would like to help out with practical tasks, or simply report problems or wildlife sightings, please email Mike.Jeffrey@northumberland.gov.uk

The Country Trust works to bridge the gap between urban and rural communities by showing the working countryside to children, parents and teachers from inner-city areas.

To find out more, visit the Country Trust website.

 

Fishing permits are available from Northumberland County Council to enable the general public to fish at certain parks.

A Rod Licence must be obtained from the Environment Agency prior to obtaining permission to fish

For fishing at Tyne Green Country Park, Hexham; Wansbeck Riverside Park, Ashington and Bolam Lake Country Park, please contact customer services here to obtain a fishing permit. You can pay in person or by telephone and you'll be emailed your permit.
Terms and conditions that apply to use of fisheries within our parks are here
 
Fishing Permit Prices 2019
Day Pass Week Pass Year Pass
Adult Over 65 & 13-16 yrs Adult Over 65 & 13-16 yrs Adult Over 65 & 13-16 yrs
Tyne Green Country Park
Coarse and brown trout £9.10 £4.85 £15.88 £8.46 £24.22 £12.91
Migratory and salmon, coarse and brown trout £29.80 £15.88 £52.14 £28.33 £79.50 £42.43
Wansbeck Riverside
Coarse and brown trout £9.10 £4.85 £15.88 £8.46 £24.22 £12.91
Migratory and salmon, coarse and brown trout £29.80 £15.88 £52.14 £28.33 £79.50 £42.43
Wansbeck Angling Association - migratory and salmon, coarse and brown trout        

£11.95


£11.95
Wansbeck Angling Association - coarse and brown trout         £5.00 £5.00
Bolam Lake Country Park Coarse Fishing £9.10 £4.85 £15.88 £8.46 £24.22 £12.91
Tyne Green and Wansbeck (2 site) Corase and brown trout £15.88 £8.48 £27.78 £14.81 £42.39 £22.59
Tyne Green, Wansbeck and Bolam (3 site)
Coarse only     £36.45 £19.04 £54.50 £29.05
Migratory and salmon, coarse and brown trout     £91.25 £48.70 £139.14 £84.86