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Diocese of

Hexham and Newcastle

Bishop Séamus Cunningham

Spirituality

Prayer Walks around the Diocese - Herrington Country Park


Kathryn Turner writes:

Herrington Country Park is located on Chester Road Penshaw A183 and very close to the church at Our Lady Queen of Peace Penshaw. 
There is a regular bus service that stops at the Park http://www.simplygo.com/view-all-routes/  Transport links: Buses - 77, 78, 78A from Park Lane Interchange.

Herrington Country Park can be found on Google Maps: http://maps.google.com/maps?q=Herrington+Country+Park,+Houghton+le+Spring,+United+Kingdom&hl=en&sll=54.895661,-1.406082&sspn=0.100099,0.307274&oq=Herrington+Country&t=h&hq=Herrington+Country+Park,+Houghton+le+Spring,+United+Kingdom&z=15

Other routes in the country parks around Sunderland can be found at http://www.sunderland.gov.uk/CHttpHandler.ashx?id=8220&p=0

Cast in the shadow of Penshaw monument, Herrington Country Park was once the site of Herrington Colliery, which closed in 1985. By that time the colliery waste heap was the largest in the North East with approximately 11,000,000 cubic metres of shale, which blighted the lives of the local communities. It has since been reclaimed and developed.

There are cycle routes, boating lake, cycle/skate park, a large amphitheatre created from graded grassed embankments and numerous sculptures/art works set out around the park.

The walk begins at the boating lake car park, is approximately 1 mile on good paths, and should take about 45 minutes.

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Walk - Herrington Country Park