Amble to Druridge Bay Country Park Nordic Walk
This is a lovely linear return walk, from Amble to Druridge Bay Country Park with lunch at the amazing Hauxley Nature Reserve.
Starting in the once busy fishing port of Amble we will follow the England Coast Path to Druridge Bay Country Park before returning part way back to Hauxley Nature Reserve.
We will stop at the Lookout Cafe at Hauxley Nature Reserve for lunch.
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Amble is situated on the Coquet Estuary and is commonly known as “the friendliest port”. Situated just off the coast at Amble is Coquet Island, which is an important RSPB seabird sanctuary and home to 30,000 pairs of seabirds, including Puffins and 90% of the UK population of Roseate Terns. Boating trips are available, from Amble, to view the seabird colonies.
We leave Amble by walking along the South Jetty and then past Pan Point and along the coast.
The short section of coast between Amble and Hauxley is beautiful. Lovely beaches and undulating dunes provide great views out to sea. Of particular interest are the wonderful views of Coquet Island, home to thousands of seabirds but most famous for the breeding colonies of Puffins.
Druridge Bay Country Park
The Country Park is home to Ladyburn Lake, a freshwater lake and surrounded by woodland and meadows.
The Country Park has a café and toilet facilities.
Hauxley Nature Reserve
Hauxley Nature Reserve was originally part of Radcliffe open-cast mine but was purchased by Northumberland Wildlife Trust in 1983 and transformed into a haven for wildlife. The lake here attracts many species of birds. Birdwatchers make good use of the many hides situated around the lake, allowing them to enjoy being as close as possible to the birds. It is one of the best wildlife-watching spots in the North East, renowned for its bird life.
As well as this, the views down the length of Druridge Bay are spectacular.
When we arrive at Hauxley, we will go to The Lookout Cafe, in the Visitor’s Centre, for lunch. We recommend the soup and cheese scone. This is a lovely place, with a large window overlooking the lake.
At Hauxley Nature Reserve, you can see many species of ducks and geese and sometimes swans, as well as a multitude of other flora and fauna.
After our break at Hauxley Nature Reserve, the walk then returns back to Amble along the Coast Path.
The Old Customs House, Amble
After the walk we will visit The Old Customs House in Amble, on the Harbour Road. It has only been open a few months but the owner previously had a tea room at Artique at the Marina.
We hope you can join us.
Julie and Martin xx
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