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Northumberlandia is a unique piece of public art set in a 46 acre community park with free public access and 4 miles of footpaths on and around the landform.

The centrepiece of the park is Northumberlandia, a stunning human landform sculpture of a reclining lady. Made of 1.5 million tonnes of rock, clay and soil, she is 100 feet high and a quarter of a mile long.

Far from being a rigid manicured art form Northumberlandia is a living part of the countryside that will mature over time and change with the seasons. What you see when you visit is only the start of something that will evolve through generations.

An additional point of interest is that you can see into the Shotton Surface mine from the top of Northumberlandia a particular attraction for fans of big machinery.

Kestrels can often be seen hovering over the landform itself. The woodland trails harbour woodland birds and spectacular fungi (in the autumn), whilst the grasslands are hotspots for butterflies and meadow flowers. The ponds do attract some birdlife and insects, including damselflies and biodiversity will continue to improve with naturalisation and improved planting schemes.

Northumberlandia has been built by the Banks Group as part of the restoration of the adjacent Shotton surface coal mine that has provided a unique opportunity to create a spectacular art form.


Opening times

Northumberlandia is open from dawn til dusk each day. The Visitor Centre and Cafe is open from 10am-4pm, Wednesday to Sunday. It is also open on Bank Holiday Mondays, 10am-4pm. The cafe and visitor centre are open as normal over the Easter weekend.



Species and habitats

Grassland, Ponds, Woodland

Nearby nature reserves

Big Waters
3 miles - Northumberland Wildlife Trust
Weetslade Country Park
3 miles - Northumberland Wildlife Trust
East Cramlington Pond
3 miles - Northumberland Wildlife Trust

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Reserve information

Blagdon Lane
NE23 8AU
Map reference
NZ 237 771
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46.00 hectares

The approach from the car park into the public park to view the sculpture at ground level is fully accessible. A flat gravel footpath provides a 1mile route around the landform so that the sculpture can be enjoyed from a wide variety of angles. However when the site is not staffed you may require a Radar key to gain access by wheelchair through the kissing gate at the entrance.
Walking information
The landform itself has a range of slopes with different gradients; please use the map of the park to plan the most appropriate route for your ability.
Suggested donation £2
Dogs must be on lead
Reserve manager
Northumberland Wildlife Trust
Tel: (0191) 284 6884