The Northumberlandia Walk is a spectacular outdoor excursion in Northumberland that will take you around a series of hills that form an interactive art piece. While out walking the trail, you will explore the various hills and trails that form the Lady of the North, a quarter mile long carving of a reclining woman. While the route is a popular one with families and tourists, the fascinating image of a hill carved into the shape of a human is truly an amazing sight.
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Route Description for Northumberlandia Walk
Due to the unique nature of the art piece that is the focal point of the park, the Northumberlandia Walk is a popular walking route visited by a large number of tourists each year. Because of this popularity, you will definitely want to arrive early to secure parking.
While this may be a popular route, it is certainly for good reason, as the Lady of the North that is carved into the hillside is a spectacular sight to behold. At 100ft tall and a quarter of a mile long, this intricate and simultaneously larger than life carving is an amazing interactive art piece that is sure to be a hit with the entire family!
Setting out from the car park, follow the trail north as it leads into the dense cover of the Moor Plantation and past the Northumberlandia Visitor Centre. Eventually, you will arrive at a fork in the path and keep straight to reach the first viewpoint along the route that offers a stunning view of the Lady of the North’s face.
From the viewpoint, you will walk to the northeast and make your way between the bodies of water, keeping left to make your way up the head of the lady towards the highest point of the sculpture. Here, you will enjoy sweeping views of the entirety of the piece and the surrounding landscape.
After taking in the views, backtrack along the trail and pass between the ponds, keeping left now in order to loop around the outside of the park. There are a number of other paths that head back towards the sculpture that you can choose to explore if you so wish; however, this trail will simply skirt around the edge to provide a view of the Lady of the North from all angles.
Once you have completed the entire loop and taken in the manmade beauty of the sculpture, you will turn right along the trail and follow it back through the Moor Plantation on the return leg back to the car park where you started your adventure on the Northumberlandia Walk.
Lady of the North
Situated within a 46 acre community park, the Lady of the North is an interactive art piece that is essentially a landform in the shape of a reclining woman. Approximately 30 m tall and a quarter of a mile long, the project cost £3 million pounds and utilized 1.5 million tonnes of clay, soil, and rock to construct. The surrounding park offers 4 miles of footpaths to explore.
Frequently Asked Questions
Are dogs allowed in Northumberlandia?
While dogs are permitted in Northumberlandia, they must be kept on a lead at all times and under control.
How big is Northumberlandia?
Northumberlandia is situated in a community park of 46 acres.
Insider Hints for Northumberlandia Walk
- There is no entrance fee for this walk, making it great for a fun family adventure.
- Wear comfortable walking shoes.
- Arrive early to secure parking.
- Keep your dog on a lead at all times.
Getting to the Northumberlandia Walk Trailhead
The trailhead for the Northumberlandia Walk can be found at the Northumberlandia car park on Blagdon Lane.
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