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Review: Northumberlandia

Attraction - Park & Garden

Cramlington, United Kingdom

Great restoration project

  • By SilverTraveller coolonespa

    208 reviews

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  • 2014
  • Family including children under 16

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There can't be many restoration projects that have resulted in such an unusual and useful piece of ground art. The restoration of the adjacent Shotton surface coal mine has produced Northumberlandia a reclining lady of the North set in 46 acres of country park and provides some 4 miles of walks on or around the sculpture. Made of 1.5 million tonnes of rock, clay and soil, she is 100 feet high and a quarter of a mile long. Put aside the titter of young boys who delight on yelling that they are jumping on one or even both of her breasts, there are some very bracing walks to be had up and down the paths that follow her curves. Undoubtedly the best view of the form can be seen from a helicopter or hot air balloon, but on a clear day there are some nice views to be had from the high spots. That's of the surrounding countryside and the lady's form from various positions. There is a café and toilets on site and a fairly sizeable car park. All this is free but a donation of £2 per car or £1 per person is requested. Although all of the paths are hard packed mud and stone, the gradients and the puddles of water after heavy rain mean you should consider carefully if this is for you if you are in a wheelchair or have mobility issues. You can stick to the lower paths to make the experience easier. Nice place to visit on a good day. See The Cheese Farm to an alternative to the on site café.

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Other Members' Thoughts - 3 Comment(s)

  • coolonespa
    almost 4 years ago
    Your comment, Riversiderouge, reminded me that its been 3 years since my last visit. Must arrange another trip to see her again.
  • Riversiderouge
    almost 4 years ago
    Visited Northumberlandia for the first time last week after spending a couple of days with family members in a cottage near Crastor, further up the coast.

    It was quite calm at ground level, but standing on the top of the ladies head, it was difficult to stand still in the strong wind. By the way, the young boys are still tittering!

    The views are spectacular, and these days the northern side is dominated by an open cast coal mining operation, which is fascinating to watch, although not the prettiest site. It is one enormous black hole, with mountainous machines ferrying the remains of Northumberland's ancient forests to the top of the site, and onward to the country's Power Stations.

    I trust that when all the coal has been extracted then this beautiful countryside will be restored to it's natural glory. Can we perhaps hope that Northumberlandia will be given a partner to keep her company in those dark winter nights when visitor numbers dwindle. I've just had a thought though, and I suspect you might be thinking along similar lines! (Titter- Titter)
  • ESW
    over 6 years ago
    It's good to see the derelict mining areas being restored and turned into attractive places.