Bolam Lake Country Park, Northumberland.

So we decided to go to Bolam Lake to do some Sunday strolling and we were pleasantly surprised by the different species of tree’s and plants there. The walk round Bolam Lake is beautifully tranquil especially this time of year when everything is springing to life. We were hoping to see a Kingfisher lurking round the lake, either our eyes weren’t sharp enough or it had already had its tea!

Bolam Lake is a Country Park based in Northumberland, which is roughly 2 miles north of the historic village of Belsay and just off the A696. It’s surroundings are just as beautiful as the place itself, with nothing but farmers fields surrounding it. The lake itself is host to Mute Swans, Goldeneye Ducks, Kingfishers and Woodpeckers (although unfortunately none were spotted). As every place in Northumberland, i try to take some pictures that will hopefully encapsulate the true beauty of the place, and there are also some fantastic photos on google images, some at different times of the year.

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Although this photo has been edited, there were a couple of hand crafted armchairs and a sofa to sit on to view one part of Bolam. Fantastic for a much needed rest or for simply absorbing the beauty.

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The walk itself offered its own perspective of the lake. What’s also great about Bolam Lake is the parking itself is free and there are two car parks nearby, and if it also happens to be quite busy there are also lay-by’s nearby to park in too. If you’re native to Northumberland, and you’ve never been to Bolam Lake for a walk, can i recommend you go, it’s a great place to take the family as there are plenty of seats round the lake and also an open space for picnics. They also have a visitor centre with toilets which can be handy for those of us who don’t prepare ourselves or are nearly caught out!

The tree’s themselves had also been weathered into funny positions or perfectly poised in the lake, almost resembling camouflaged crocodiles. A goldeneye duck protecting it’s young from amateur photographers like me!


Again, another set of photo’s showing the different species of plants and tree’s. At this time of year Bolam is blooming beautiful.


The boardwalk is well built, maintains vegetation from us humans stampeding all over it and it creates another dimension to the walk.


Goldeneye chicks which were calling for mama and papa after I’d tried to take a stealthy picture of the both of them.

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This was an edited photo of the boardwalk.

So whether you’re native or not, go for a stroll round Bolam Lake and maybe take some sandwiches with you and listen to nature happening all around you. It’s definitely a place we’ll be frequently visiting for those walks where you need to unwind a little.

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