A stroll along the UK’s favourite beauty spot, Druridge Bay. Difficulty : easy / time: 2 hours
Druridge Bay is a stunning stretch of sand and dunes in Northumberland. It recently came out as a winner in a campaign by pork pie makers, Pork Farms to find the UK’s best walks and hidden gems.
The footpath begins by the car park entrance to Hauxley Nature Reserve. Follow the footpath which runs between the reserve and the caravan park and comes to a gate, turn right here and walk until you reach a tarmac track which gives easy access to the beach. For the next mile the walk now continues along a stunning stretch of golden sand, giving expansive views of the bay and the North Sea. Eventually you reach a set of wooden steps which lead into the dunes, take these steps and walk through the dunes, across a track and through some pinewoods. This will bring you out at the Druridge Bay Country Park Visitor centre, which has a great café to stop for a drink and refuel.
A footpath from the visitor centre circles Ladyburn Lake, popular for water sports enthusiasts. Follow the lower path along the southern side of the lake with some woods on your left. This path leads to stepping stones across the lake and then the path continues through trees and along the shore back to the visitor centre.
To return simply retrace your steps back along the beach but continue on the sands, across some rocks until you a get a view of Coquet Island, beyond which is a look out post and sea defence, leave here, cross the dunes back to the path at the side of Hauxley Nature Reserve and return to the car park.