A former open cast coal mine, Druridge Bay Country Park is centred on Ladyburn Lake, a 100-acre stretch of water surrounded by woods and meadows. It’s made up of a series of small nature reserves. Fishing is not permitted on the lake, but it can be used by non-motorised vessels for wind surfing, sailing and canoeing by permit from April to the end of October. The remainder of the year, it is a haven for nesting and feeding birds – bird watching is a major activity here. The park also incorporates a 4.8 km (3 mi) stretch of beach and sand dunes, the latter known for its diversity of wildflowers.