Queen Elizabeth II Country Park


Date: 5th August 2018
Time: 12.00
Distance: 2 miles
Difficulty: Easy

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Queen Elizabeth II Country Park

A beautiful 2 mile flat walk around the Queen Elizabeth II Country Park and Lake.  There is an opportunity to increase the distance to 5 miles if needed/wanted.

Places of interest

Queen Elizabeth II Country Park

The QEII Country Park is an excellent example of restored industrial land.  Once the biggest colliery spoil heap in Europe this park is an excellent example of restored industrial land. The main feature of the site is a 16 hectare lake which is surrounded by open grassland and woodland.

The diverse habitats established over the years have led to a variety of birds, plants and animals becoming resident in the park, a number of which are protected species. In addition the lake provides an ideal site for both resident and migratory birds.

The lake is also popular venue for sail boarding, canoeing and coarse fishing.

Woodhorn Colliery

For more than 80 years Woodhorn was a coal mine. Work to sink the first shaft began in 1894 and the first coal was brought to the surface in 1898. At its peak almost 2,000 men worked at the pit and 600,000 tons of coal was produced each year. Production stopped in 1981 but the shafts continued to be used for neighbouring Ashington Colliery until 1986. It began its life as a museum in 1989 and following major redevelopment, reopened in October 2006.


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This shows the start location for this walk.
Nearest postcode: NE63 9AT
OS Grid Reference: NZ 28568 89268
Parking: The car park is next to the lake at The Premier Inn Ashington.