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Druridge Bay from Low Hauxley Nature Reserve

  • Distance: 8 miles
  • Difficulty: Moderate
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  • Maximum number of places per day: 16
  • Price Per Person: £13.00

walk notes

The seven mile length of Druridge Bay is the longest sandy bay on the Northumberland coast.  

It is the site of several nature reserves that along with Druridge Bay Country Park occupy the restored areas of former opencast coal sites.  

A well-developed dune system backs the extensive beach.  Ancient peat beds, with included tree trunks, are sandwiched between former beach deposits and boulder clay, dating from the last glacial period, outcrop at the base of the dunes.  

More recently Druridge Bay was the planned location for a proposed nuclear power station in the 1980’s which prompted robust local protest.  Owing to a change in government nuclear policy the proposal was dropped “for the time being” in 1989.  

The recent archaeological rescue dig at Low Hauxley (summer 2013) added significantly to knowledge of both the ancient environment and human occupation in the area.  

Chibburn Priory, a scheduled ancient monument, located a little further south is now a ruin but dates from 1313 and has had a chequered history.  It has functioned as a hospital, a dowager house, was razed by French invaders in 1691 and was even used as a defensive site in the Second World War.