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|Druridge Bay Country Park|
|Author: Claire, Published: 26 Jun 2014||Walk rating : Rating:|
|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.
|Start to Boat Launch|
Start point: 55.2915 lat, -1.5732 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.
|Boat Launch to First Footbridge|
Start point: 55.2941 lat, -1.5812 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.
|First Footbridge to Second Footbridge|
Start point: 55.2947 lat, -1.5876 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.
|Second Footbridge to End|
Start point: 55.2946 lat, -1.5743 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.
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The information in this guide has been provided in good faith and is intended only as a guide, not a statement of fact. You are advised to check the accuracy of the information provided and should not use this guide for navigational directions nor should you rely on the accuracy of the weather forecast. You are advised to take appropriate clothing, footwear, equipment and navigational materials with you according to the current and possible weather and nature of the terrain. Always follow the country code and follow any additional warnings or instructions that may be available. Some walks may be very strenuous and you are advised to seek medical advice if you have any doubts as to your capability to complete the walk.
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