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Druridge Bay Country Park

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Druridge Bay Country Park
Author: clairesharpuk, Published: 26 Jun 2014 Walk rating : Rating:star1 iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UKstar1 iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UKstar1 iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UKstar1 iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UKstar0 iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UK
Northumberland, Amble
Walk Type: River or lakeside
Druridge Bay Country Park
Length: 2 miles,  Difficulty: boot iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UK
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A 2 mile circular walk around Ladyburn Lake within Druridge Bay Country Park in Northumberland. The park comprises three miles of beautiful beach and sand dunes, plus a large freshwater lake surrounded by woods and meadows. This route follows a simple circuit around the lake, but you could extend the route by adding a stretch along the beach should you wish.

The walk follows a fairly wide surfaced path for the entire length. There are no steps or stiles, just a couple of footbridges and single gates to negotiate. The walk would be suitable for pushchairs or wheelchairs as there are just a few gentle slopes. Dogs are welcome in the park (and beach) and dog bins are provided. Dogs need to be on a lead for just a short stretch through the nature protection area. The surfaced path crosses one field which is occasionally used to graze cattle. The visitor centre at the start point has toilets and an information area which 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. Approximate time 45 to 60 minutes.

Druridge Bay Country Park can be found off the A1068, 3 miles south of Amble. Brown tourism signs mark the entrance. Follow the access road all the way to the end where you will find the main car park and the visitor centre. The pay and display car park is £1.40 for up to 2 hours (correct June 2014) and the gates are locked at 9pm in summer, or at dusk. Approximate post code NE61 5BX.

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Walk Sections

Start to Boat Launch
Start to Boat Launch

Start point: 55.2915 lat, -1.5732 long
End point: 55.2941 lat, -1.5812 long

From the main car park, make your way to the visitor centre where you will find the cafe and toilets. Pass to the left of the centre and, as you approach the lake ahead, bear left onto the surfaced path signed for the picnic areas. Follow this path with the lake over to the right.

The lake is a popular spot for water sports in the summer and in the winter it attracts a host of birds for roosting and feeding.

The path will lead you alongside a vehicle barrier and into another car park (the water sports car park) where you will see the concrete slope boat launch into the lake.

Boat Launch to First Footbridge
Boat Launch to First Footbridge

Start point: 55.2941 lat, -1.5812 long
End point: 55.2947 lat, -1.5876 long

Continue on the surfaced path which runs nearest to the lake on the right. You will pass a bench on the left which is backed by a metal swan sculpture. Pass alongside the next vehicle barrier to continue the lakeside journey.

Where the path swings right down to the lake edge, fork left onto the slightly narrower path and follow this past the nature sanctuary woodland on the right. Stay on the path closest to this woodland and, at the T-junction, turn right down to the slope to reach the first footbridge.

First Footbridge to Second Footbridge
First Footbridge to Second Footbridge

Start point: 55.2947 lat, -1.5876 long
End point: 55.2946 lat, -1.5743 long

Cross the bridge over the lake inlet and, at the other side, turn immediately right passing through the open gateway. (Note: dogs need to be on leads through this section of nature woodland sanctuary). You will emerge through another gateway to a crossroads of paths with another slope to the lake edge on the right.

Go straight ahead on the surfaced path with the lake immediately on the right. You will come to a wide wooden gate ahead. Pass through this into the pasture (which occasionally is used to graze cattle) and stay on the surfaced path ahead.

Pass through the next wooden gate at the end of the pasture and then turn left, still on the surfaced path. The path leads you through a pretty section of trees and then out to reach the second footbridge.

Second Footbridge to End
Second Footbridge to End

Start point: 55.2946 lat, -1.5743 long
End point: 55.2921 lat, -1.5726 long

Cross this bridge, this time crossing over the lake’s outlet. Keep ahead on the stone path and follow it as at swings steadily right. It will lead you to a roundabout within the vehicle access lane. Go straight ahead and then you have two choices.

Turn right to enter the car park where the walk began OR turn left if you wish to extend the walk by taking a stroll on the beach. (Access note: there is a flight of steps down to the beach).

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