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Thursday, 22 September 2016

A walk around Ladyburn Lake at Druridge Bay Country Park | Northumberland


A walk around Ladyburn Lake at Druridge Bay Country Park | Northumberland

You wouldn't believe it was mid-September when these photographs were taken. We have been blessed with a very mild start to the autumn. I'm certainly not complaining though and Steve and I took the opportunity to head out for one of our favourite walks around Ladyburn lake at Druridge Bay Country Park in Northumberland. 

A walk around Ladyburn Lake at Druridge Bay Country Park | Northumberland

Druridge Bay Country Park is a place I have visited many times but I realised I have never actually blogged about it so it was the perfect opportunity to take my camera out and about.

A walk around Ladyburn Lake at Druridge Bay Country Park | Northumberland

Druridge Bay Country Park offers FREE parking across multiple car parks, there is a good visitor centre with toilets (see bottom of this post for opening times), a cafe and plenty of seats and picnic benches . You can swim in the lake and water sports are permitted from April - October (check website for permit details and further info).

A walk around Ladyburn Lake at Druridge Bay Country Park | Northumberland

After parking our car we walked the 1.5 mile route around the lake. It's a very easy, flat walk and fine for more robust pushchairs I would say. There is the chance to spot lots of wildlife around the lake including swans, ducks, dragon flies and much more.

A walk around Ladyburn Lake at Druridge Bay Country Park | Northumberland - watersports and swans

A walk around Ladyburn Lake at Druridge Bay Country Park | Northumberland - swans on lake

About half way around the lake, you will find some stepping stones. My children adore these and happily hop from one to the next. I'm a little more hesitant but I still made it over without falling in! If stepping stones aren't your thing there is an accessible path behind the lake that adds a couple of extra minutes to your walk. If you can though, you should definitely attempt the stones. The views across the lake are lovely.

A walk around Ladyburn Lake at Druridge Bay Country Park | Northumberland - stepping stones across lake

A walk around Ladyburn Lake at Druridge Bay Country Park | Northumberland - crossing the stepping stones

There are plenty of spaces to enjoy a seat and take in the magnificent views. From park benches to huge picnic tables  - Druridge Bay has it covered.

A walk around Ladyburn Lake at Druridge Bay Country Park | Northumberland - bench with lake view

A walk around Ladyburn Lake at Druridge Bay Country Park | Northumberland

A walk around Ladyburn Lake at Druridge Bay Country Park | Northumberland

We visited in September and I have to say - there weren't too many flowers around for me to photograph - I bet this isn't the case in spring though.

A walk around Ladyburn Lake at Druridge Bay Country Park | Northumberland - flowers

A walk around Ladyburn Lake at Druridge Bay Country Park | Northumberland - weeds

We ended our walk with a quick cuppa and a picnic at the Visitor Centre. There are lots of maps and information leaflets here as well as the loos, cafe, a small shop and wildlife information and exhibits.

A walk around Ladyburn Lake at Druridge Bay Country Park | Northumberland - visitor centre and picnic tables

A walk around Ladyburn Lake at Druridge Bay Country Park | Northumberland - picnic tables

A walk around Ladyburn Lake at Druridge Bay Country Park | Northumberland - flask of coffee

There is a small park for children to enjoy and you can just spot further climbing apparatus in the distance. This is the view from the picnic tables:-

A walk around Ladyburn Lake at Druridge Bay Country Park | Northumberland - children's play area/park

The fun doesn't stop there, if you follow the signs from the main car park you will find Druridge Bay beach just a few steps away. I think Druridge Bay is one of the best beaches in the UK - you'll find mile upon mile of golden sands and it is usually very quiet. We've had the beach to ourselves during our last few visits.

A walk around Ladyburn Lake at Druridge Bay Country Park | Northumberland - Druridge Bay Beach by Mandy Charlton Photographer
Druridge Bay Beach | Credit Mandy Charlton Photography


Need To Know

  • Address : Druridge Bay Country Park, Red Row. Morpeth. NE61 5BX
  • Toilets open 9:30am - 4:30pm
  • Cafe open weekends 11am - 4pm | April - September and every day during the school summer holidays
  • Car park gates open during daylight hours. Parking is free
  • Dog and horse friendly
  • Overnight contact is allowed with permission (email druridgebay@northumberland.org.uk )
  • No BBQs allowed but there are picnic tables
  • Small children's play area
  • Contact Coquet Shorebase Trust to enquire about watersports 

Have you ever visited Druridge Bay? 




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10 comments

  1. I've never been here before but it looks like lovely place to have a walk! It's great it has free parking too

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  2. Hasn't September just been amazing for weather? Your photos are stunning. I would love a go of those stepping stones - I can imagine at least 1 of my children would end up in the water though!

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  3. Wow what gorgeous photos! The weather has been great this month hasn't it!

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  4. Gorgeous photos! It looks like the perfect day for a walk x

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  5. Wow it looks beautiful! I love September weather, we quite often get a late start to the Summer ... hence why we chose it for something special ;)

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  6. What a beautiful place to enjoy the countryside! I love your top by the way!

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  7. Wow, it looks truly stunning and your photographs look brilliant Samantha. We've never been but I'm adding it to my hitlist now! Thanks.

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  8. Gorgeous- look at that amazing blue sky! Love your top too.

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I always love reading your thoughts and comments - Sam x

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