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Druridge Bay - Northumberland

Almost one of the most northerly, East Coast beaches in England. Druridge bay is long wide bay stretching from Amble in the north to Cresswell in the south. The naturist section is sandwiched between the Northumberland Coast Country Park and the National Trust section near the village of Druridge, in the centre of the bay. It has been used by Naturists for over 50 years and by Three Rivers Outdoor Club members for at least 30 years.

Getting There

  • Google Maps
  • O.S. Map Ref: NZ 276 984 and NZ 27372 97902 (sand dunes)
  • Postcode: NE61 5EG ‎

Travelling north or south on the A1068, turn east on to the minor road at Widdrington towards Duridge. At the point where this road takes a sharp right (south) down the coast, turn left into the National Trust Car Park. Go as far as you can north and park. You can go onto the beach here and walk north until you see the Chevington burn crossing the beach, or go through the gate and follow the path, bearing left until you come to another gate leading on to a tarmac road (The old coal road). Follow this road north until you come to a gate. Take the gate into the field on your right (beware of cows) and follow fence on left. You will need to cross this fence at a low point (well worn in summer) and proceed along the burn to the beach

Description

"A delightful spot" for naturists. A shallow, therefore wide at low tide, sandy beach with dunes behind clean golden sand and unpolluted, but chilly, sea. Being near an area of population and close to Tyneside. Dog walkers and people out for a stroll use this beach to go between the National Trust land and the Country Park.

The beach is private land however and Mr Derek Denny, Chairman of SANER contacted the landowner and was assured that we could use the section from the Chevington burn, south to the mid point between the Chevington burn and the National Trust area as a naturist beach, but he did not want it made an official beach.

Please stay within this area and DO NOT cross over the Chevington burn naked into the Country Park. There are often a number of unaccompanied males gathered near the Chevington burn end of the beach.

Facilities

None at all - Bring everything you will need, leave nothing behind when you leave.

Water Quality

Not monitored officially, but said to be qualitatively excellent.

Accommodation

There are two caravan sites at Cresswell.

Comments

Steve 2010-07-28
Me and my OH went last friday. We parked at the vistors centre and walked down the path to the beach and headed south. As we could not make out where the Chevington Burn was we had to just guess, even though we had a map of the beach from the visitors centre. We did not get funny looks from the locals walking their dogs. Many of them actually waved at us. I have to admit, as this was our first time doing this, we did cover up with towels when people were going past but only our genital areas, but it was obvious what we were doing. [redacted]. The water was very clear. Well recommended.
Tony 2012-01-26 22:30
Just found this site and in the middle of winter want to say how much I am looking forward to revisiting Druridge.The times I went last summer were truly memorable,met some great folk and enjoyed the unspoilt grandeur of the Northumberland coast line.There is plenty of space to chill out even when it gets busy.Even when it is overcast the dunes retain a lot of warmth although the sea can be a bit chilly.

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