The QEII Country Park was once part of the largest colliery spoil heap in Europe. It has been beautifully landscaped to include a lake and woodland walks, there is also a cycle path that runs right round the lake. The lake is a popular place for fishing, canoeing and wind surfing, vessels with engines are not permitted I’m afraid.
Sail boats/Sailboards/Canoes (per day)
Adults – £5.00, Junior/Concession – £3.00
Sail boats/Sailboards/Canoes (weekly ticket)
Adults – £20.00, Junior/Concession – £12.00
Tickets can be obtained from Newbiggin Sports and Community Centre, Woodhorn Road, Newbiggin by the Sea, Northumberland Tel 01670 817713
Fee payable, for further information, and any fishing needs, contact McDermotts, 112 Station Road, Ashington. Tel: (01670) 812214.
The Woodhorn Colliery Museum is also situated in the park. The park is also a venue for many events ranging from the Miner’s picnic and colliery bands to vintage car rallies and family fun days.
The museum and Country Park also have a narrow gauge railway running for about 1km from the museum to ‘Lakeside Halt’, at the opposite end of the lake to the museum, where there is a pub/restaurant for refreshments. This side of the lake is also given over to watersports, mainly windsurfing.
Much of the rail equipment, including colliery loco “Black Diamond” (now renamed to Exmoor Ranger), was donated by British coal. Further information on the Railway can be found at http://www.qeiirailway.org.uk/.