We love going for a walk and getting in our steps, so we recently took a 5.5 mile stroll around the gorgeous Druridge Bay on the Northumberland coast.
We started at the water sports car park, headed across the stepping stones and around the lake, before heading down to Druridge pools and back along the beach.
If you are thinking of visiting, most of the footpaths are very muddy at the minute, so sturdy footwear is recommended.
If you decide to do the route we did on this visit, you can either go over the stepping stones which are not too slippery but some are a little bit wobbly, or you can walk a little further along and cross the Chinese bridge which only takes an extra few minutes. The paths around the whole park are a bit muddy so I would recommend wearing good sturdy walking boots or wellies. The pathways are accessible but you would need to access the beach using the disabled access path, close to the main car park. You wont be able to access it further along. Lots of opportunities to spot birds and other wildlife depending on the time of year.
The lake itself is just over a mile to walk around. It is flat and accessible so if you just want a fairly easy quick walk this is perfect. There are lots of different routes you can take if you fancy walking further. On our visit we walked down to Druridge pools, then back along the beach, which made the total distance we walked 5.5 miles. If you don't want to walk the whole way you can park near the pools.
At the end of our walk, we stopped for a hot chocolate at the visitors' centre café.
Good To Know
Plenty of parking available - Free for the first hour, £2 for up to 2 hours, Over 2 hours £4
Plenty of maps
Toilets, café and play park at the visitors' centre
Loads of walking routes to choose from
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