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Since I became a mammy, I have tried to find lots of fun activities, days out, events and holidays for my family. I love being busy and visiting new places and I hope you will enjoy reading them. My blog is jam packed with reviews of places we have been, maybe I get help you with a little inspiration.  We are lucky enough to travel quite a bit so the blog features lots of places in the North East and beyond.

Thursday, 9 April 2015

Beautiful Bolam Lake

I have to admit to not being a fan of big crowds and noise.  I don't like to be in busy places so I hate shopping and I especially hate soft play centres during school holidays!

Whilst the kids are off, it is lovely to get out in this glorious weather and enjoy some fresh air.  One of my favourite haunts is Bolam Lake, not far from Belsay and approximately 9 miles from Morpeth in Northumberland.  I love everything about it, I love the drive along the beautiful A696, especially on a sunny day like today.  It took us about 35 minutes leisurely drive.

I am also pleased to note that since 1st April, the car parks at Bolam Lake are all free of charge, great way of encouraging visitors.  

We hit the lake at a great time, about 10.30 this morning and it was lovely and quiet, we saw barely anyone as we strolled around the lake watching the swans and geese performing for us.  It was fabulous to be away from the crowds and enjoy the peace.

There are plenty of benches all around the lake for you to sit and enjoy your beautiful surroundings, or enjoy a cuppa from a flask.

We always start from the Low House Wood car park and walk right around the lake coming to the Pheasant field at the end which is perfect for a picnic.  There was a family there today with a portable barbecue and the smell was intoxicating!  There are plenty of felled logs to climb on here and we even found a den to play in.

A bit further on you have the Visitor Centre with cafe, shop and toilets.  It is open at weekends, Bank Holidays and school holidays from Easter to November.  Please check outside of these dates for availability.

All in all, a lovely, sunny day out.  We have visited Bolam Lake in all weathers and it is just as beautiful in the winter.  Go along and check for yourself, not too many of you though, we don't want to spoil it ;0)


  1. That looks like a lovely way to spend a day. So pretty and peaceful x

  2. It is a lovely place, we are so lucky in Northumberland to be surrounded by peace! You need it once in a while :0) xx

  3. I've never been to Bolam lake before but did drive past it en-route to Wallington Hall this weekend. Definitely one to visit in the Summer #countrykids

    1. EEh Sam, cannot believe you have never been! Definitely worth a trip, the only busy part was the picnic spot and even then there was plenty of space. Its just a short drive from Wallington Hall #countrykids x

  4. It looks like a lovely spot for some childhood adventures, a very good den they found there too. I'm with you all the way on soft play centres, they just give me a headache! Peace and fresh air is always a better option if you can. Thank you for sharing this idyllic looking spot on Country Kids.

    1. We have had such lovely (and unexpected) weather this week it has been a pleasure to get out and enjoy it. There are quite a few little places like this dotted around here and luckily the children love them. They have fantastic imaginations ;0)

  5. I agree with you the place looks so lovely and not congested! Looks like you had most fun there =) #countrykids