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November, 2018

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Northumberlandia is a rather unique attraction in S.E. Northumberland.

What makes this nineteen acre park special is its spectacular centre piece – a human landform sculpture of a reclining lady which is one hundred feet high an a quarter of a mile in length. This unique piece of public art is known as The Lady of The North.

Northumberlandia which was built by The Banks Group and is now owned by The Land Trust was created on land donated by Blagdon Estates. The Lady of The North was produced from 1.8 million tonnes of rock clay and soil from the adjacent Shotton surface mine.

Over four miles of paths of different gradients allow you to walk along the sculpture and even climb to the top. For those with mobility issues there is a one mile flat route around the sculpture enabling the whole sculpture to be viewed and from different angles. Along this route there are seats and picnic tables.

There is a free car park (which also has disabled bays.) Admission to Northumberlandia is free (though donations are welcome in the donations box near the entrance). Northumberlandia is open daily from 10 am to 4pm.

From the car park the path leads to a visitor centre, cafe and W.C. (including disabled toilets).The path then leads you into a woodland area. You can either follow the woodland trail or walk directly ahead just a few steps to the path around and up to the sculpture. If you want to bring your pet dog you can do so, providing it is kept on a lead.

We spent just over an hour at Northumberlandia and it wasn’t long enough so a return trip we will make!

Nearby attractions to Northumberlandia include Seaton Delaval Hall, Kirkley Hall, Northumberland Cheese Company, Blagdon Farm shop and for the grandchildren Whitehouse Farm where they can pet the animals.

A good Nearby restaurant just along the road from Northumberlandia is The Snowy Owl, Blagdon Lane, Cramlington NE23 8AU.

When visiting Northumberlandia we stayed in a B&B at “St. Mary’s Inn”: Stannington, Northumberland.


Pamela Walker

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