Hiring craft on the lake at Druridge Bay Country Park.

Ladyburn lake is the heart of Druridge Bay Country Park; home to swans, little grebes, moorhens and many other birds. You might even see an otter if you are lucky. Our stable sit-on-top kayaks (choice of single or double seaters) don’t need any previous experience, and a tour round the lake can easily be done in an hour. A wetsuit and buoyancy aid are included in the cost, and showers are available when you come off the water.

If you don’t mind falling in, try a stand-up-paddleboard (SUP), and if you are really out for fun with (good) friends, we have the 8-person SUP – getting wet guaranteed!
You can take younger children out with you on a double kayak, or you might prefer an Open Canoe.
Our instructors will give you guidance on the best choice of boat, and basic instruction to get you going.
For those with more experience (BC 2* level), closed cockpit kayaks are available.

Sailing dinghies:

Why not try one of our Access sailing dinghies – these simple, stable dinghies are designed for wheelchair users, but are good for anyone’s first try at sailing. There is no risk of capsizing and the controls are simple to operate. We have both single and double seaters.

for more information on accessible sailing please click or tap here.

Tera / Quba sailing dinghies / windsurfers / Dart Catamaran – these are available for hire but only to people with experience at RYA Level 2 standard.

Booking and Opening Times

We strongly advise that you book your hire by calling our office between the hours of 9am and 1pm. Mondays to Fridays (01665 710367).
Outside these hours, please email us at info@coquetshorebase.org.uk before 8am on the day of the desired hire.
Bookings can be made for any time, subject to availability.
If you just turn up on site, we will try to accommodate you, but the facilities may not be open, or all the craft may already be in use.
Please be aware that from a safety perspective all bookings are weather dependent.

Prices (per hour):

This includes buoyancy aids and hire of a long-john wetsuit: you will need bathing costume, fleece or thermal top (t-shirt will do if it is warm) and footwear that can get wet.

Single person craft (sit-on-top kayaks/ SUP and dinghy): £15
Double seaters (sit-on-top kayaks/ open canoes and dinghies): £20
Additional person on craft: £5
8-person SUP: £10 +£5 per head


It is a condition of hire that the provided buoyancy aid must be correctly worn at all times when on the water and it must also be fully tightened up on the wearer.

Age limits: to use the whole lake, at least one person in the group must be over 18.
Groups of younger children must keep within a designated area near the slipway and should have an adult on shore within sight of them during the hire period. They will need an adult to sign the hire forms.
Children under 8 should only go afloat with a responsible adult in the same craft.

To book or for further information, please click or tap here to go to our contact page for phone number and email form.