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The land form sculpture of Northumberlandia seen from one of the view points at the entrance to the
The land form sculpture of Northumberlandia seen from one of the view points at the entrance to the site

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Route No. 508 - Tuesday 11 June 2013
Northumberlandia Land Form Sculpture - 5km Cramlington,
Northumberland . . .

Visitor's Leaflet to download as pdf document, includes location map and a map of the paths around the site


The entrance path from the car park
The entrance path from the car park

The two viewing mounds at the entrance to the site
The two viewing mounds at the entrance to the site

There should be lots of brown tourist attraction signs to a place like this. Northumberlandia is a new huge land form sculpture about 400m long. It depicts a reclining woman by a lake. There's a good leaflet to download as a pdf document with directions to the site and a map of the paths around the sculpture. From the car park we followed the path through a belt of trees to the site of the sculpture. Here there are twin mounds to climb with a spiral path up each of them to an indicator plinth on top at the viewing base where you can see the overall shape of the sculpture across the lake.

This morning my wife and I drove up the A19 from home, through the Tyne tunnel (toll only £1.60p) to Cramlington. We turned off the A19 on to the A1068 at a roundabout just before the A1 junction. After about 1km we turned left off the A1068 to pass in front of the Snowy Owl pub to the entrance to Northumberlandia just past the pub. We turned right into the car park of Northumberlandia at map ref.NZ236768. I've described our route to the site because as far as I could see there are no signs to the site at all except for one at the entrance.

First view of the figure at we left the wood
First view of the figure at we left the wood

Path up to the neck of the figure
Path up to the neck of the figure

The 400m long figure seen from the top of one of the viewing mounds
The 400m long figure seen from the top of one of the viewing mounds

Climbing up to the neck area of the figure
Climbing up to the neck area of the figure

From the top we could see the workmen and their machine coming down from the head, moving the closed signs from the path to the head and instead placing them on the path to the left boob mound. We watched their machine driving up the spiral path to the top of the left boob to start work dealing with some settlement cracks on the paths there.

From the viewing points we made our way around the lake to a path by the figure's hand to cross the lake and follow a path climbing up to the figure's head. From the neck area the path to the head was 'closed for maintenance' so we turned right and followed the spiral path to the top of the mound of her right boob.

Climbing up to the neck area of the figure
Climbing up to the neck area of the figure

Paths to the head closed for maintenance
Paths to the head closed for maintenance

Maintenance work starting on the left boob seen from the top of the right boob with open cast mining next door
Maintenance work starting on the left boob seen from the top of the right boob with open cast mining next door

Looking back to the head with the closure notice removed
Looking back to the head with the closure notice removed

Climbing the spiral path to the top of the head
Climbing the spiral path to the top of the head

Away to the north and northwest there is a large open cast coal mine with a fleet of huge dump trucks driving around. The sculpted figure is first part of the scheme of restoration of the site as the coal is worked out and waste material from the coal workings was used to build the figure.

We took the opportunity to go back to the head and climbed the spiral path to the viewing platform on the figure's forehead. Looking down the length of the figure over the parapet wall we could see the large nose just below us, then the two mounds of the boobs. and further away the viewing areas at the hip, knee and ankle of the figure.

Indicator plinth on top of the head
Indicator plinth on top of the head

Looking over the open cast mining next to the sculpture site from the top of the head
Looking over the open cast mining next to the sculpture site from the top of the head

Looking over the nose and the boobs to the view points at the hip, knee and the ankle almost 400m away
Looking over the nose and the boobs to the view points at the hip, knee and the ankle almost 400m away

Group of wheelchair users on a ramble around the perimeter path
Group of wheelchair users on a ramble around the perimeter path

Then we climbed the path back over the figure below the head and made our way back to the site entrance and the car park.

We followed the paths along the length of the figure, stopping at each of the view points as we went. Once we reached the lake at the foot end of the figure we walked around the perimeter path to see the figure from the other side.

Spiral path to the hip view point
Spiral path to the hip view point

Seat at the knee view point
Seat at the knee view point

Looking back along the figure to the head from the knee view point
Looking back along the figure to the head from the knee view point

Having a rest at the ankle view point
Having a rest at the ankle view point

Looking out from the viewing mound at the end of the lake
Looking out from the viewing mound at the end of the lake

The ankle view point seen across the lake
The ankle view point seen across the lake

Perimeter path around the figure
Perimeter path around the figure

The sea was in quite a boisterous mood making for an enjoyable walk along the bay and back from Cresswell car park before we drove home via my wife's sisters home in Co. Durham. Altogether a very good day out!

We had spent a very enjoyable two hours walking around the figure and sitting at the various view points enjoying the scenery. From the car park we drove about 150m to the Snowy Owl pub next door where we had a very good pub lunch. Then suitably refreshed we drove to Druridge Bay for a good walk along the beach.

The perimeter path around the lake
The perimeter path around the lake

We had a bracing afternoon walk along Druridge Bay
We had a bracing afternoon walk along Druridge Bay

Leaving the sculpture site  after avery enjoyable two hour visit
Leaving the sculpture site after a very enjoyable two hour visit

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