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QE II Country Park

QE2 country parkqe2_country_park_pathWoodhorn is located on the edge of the delightful Queen Elizabeth II Country Park with a 40 acre lake at its heart. Visitors can enjoy walking or cycling around the lake with public access from the museum end and the northern approach. A hard surface gives good access to all but grassed paths offer opportunities to explore too.

The park was opened by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother in 1979. This followed years of reclamation work with a massive earth moving project removing what was one of the biggest colliery spoil heaps in Europe.

The lake is popular with watersports enthusiasts, in particular canoeing and coarse fishing. Follow this link if you would like more details on permits:

The Wild Life

The park with its diverse habitats provides a haven for wildlife with a great variety of birds, mammals, flora and fauna.

squirrel_1_web_200woodpecker_greater_spottedOne of the favourites in the park has to be the red squirrel. Keep your eyes peeled on your walk around but if you don't see one, pause beside the narrow gauge railway at the museum where you are almost guaranteed to catch one or a whole group of them on the feeders. Greater spotted woodpeckers can be seen here too.