Northumberlandia 1 - Steven Morris

Northumberlandia. Image by: Steven Morris.

Northumberlandia, is a unique piece of public art with a centrepiece of a stunning human landform sculpture surrounded by greenspace and ponds with developing wildlife interest.

Location

Blagdon Lane
Cramlington
Northumberland
NE23 8AU

OS Map Reference

NZ 237 771
A static map of Northumberlandia

Know before you go

Size
46 hectares

Entry fee

No

Parking information

There is ample parking on site, suggested donation £2 per person.

Walking trails

The landform itself has a range of slopes with different gradients. There are 4 miles of footpaths on and around the landform.

Access

The approach from the car park into the public park to view the sculpture at ground level is fully accessible to all and provides a one mile walk around the sculpture. There are a further three miles of path onsite which have a variety of gradients and may not be suitable for all users so please proceed with caution. Please note that following adverse weather, all the paths can become muddy and/or icy and therefore suitable footwear is advised. At times when the Visitor Centre is not open, the site is accessed through a kissing gate from the car park, which is designed to allow access for a standard wheelchair. Access can be increased for larger mobility vehicles by using a RADAR key.

Dogs

On a lead

Facilities

Visitor centre
Toilets
Shop
Cafe/refreshments
Picnic area
Electric car charging point

When to visit

Opening times

Northumberlandia is open from dawn til dusk each day. Winter hours for the Visitor Centre, café and toilets are 10am - 4pm, Thursday to Sunday. We will confirm opening times over the Christmas period during December.

Best time to visit

All year round

About the reserve

Made of 1.5 million tonnes of rock, clay and soil, the Lady (as she is known locally) 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.

Sixteen red list species of birds have been spotted onsite and tree sparrows are now nesting in the boxes in the woodland. Kestrels can often be seen hovering and buzzards can be spotted soring 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 attract birdlife including nesting little grebe, tufted duck, mallards and heron and also provide a home to great crested and smooth newt.

Northumberlandia was built by the Banks Group and Blagdon Estate as part of the restoration of the adjacent Shotton surface coal mine. This project called Restoration First, has provided a unique opportunity to create a spectacular art form whilst maintaining the mining process.

Contact us

Northumberland Wildlife Trust
Contact number: (0191) 284 6884
Contact email: mail@northwt.org.uk