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Herrington Country Park


Herrington Country Park ia a large country park and public open space adjacent to the Pehshaw Monument in Sunderland. The park was established on the former site of Herrington Colliery, which closed in 1985. Work to reclaim the former colliery site to establish the park begain in January 1996 and took several years to complete. The park opened in 2002 and covers almost 200 hectares and is now a significant wildlife habitat, as well as a recriational area. The park links up the villages of Penshaw, Herrington (New & West) and Shiney Row.

The park includes:

  • Lake - with model boating and a smaller nature pond.
  • Sculpture Village - inspired by Durham Cathedral and church spires in Newbottle, Great Lumley and West Rainton.
  • 'Wind Seat' - group of seats by ‘strata’, commissioned by Sunderland City Council
  • 'Lions Seat' - commissioned by Washington Lions
  • 'John’s Rock' - 40 tonne rock, named after John Leathley, and has the faces of ‘ten men’ reflecting the area's mining past
  • Miners Memorial Garden, includes the pit wheel, opened on 11th July 2004.
  • 'Sight Lines' - a stone circle on the hill with seven steel sighting boxes
  • 'Greenheart Bridge' - by William Pym and commissioned by the Great North Forest

Herrington Country Park is a country park and open public space in Sunderland, Tyne and Wear. Located adjacent to Penshaw Monument, the park was built on the site of a former colliery. The park has developed into a significant home for wildlife, hosting up to 100 species of birds. The park also includes a play area, sculptures, an amphitheatre, and a model boat sailing site at the lake.

The park has hosted several major events, including Lets Rock, the UKs largest retro festival brand in 2018 and 2019, and BBC Radio One's Big Weekend in 2005, with Gwen Stefani, Foo Fighters and the Black Eyed Peas, as well as the Olympic Torch Relay in 2012. It also acts as the venue for the local Kubix Fesitval since 2018.

Since 20 July 2019, the park has held a free weekly 5km parkrun on a Saturday morning starting at 9am.

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Herrington 2002 Shiney Row Parks and Gardens Penshaw Herrington Colliery (1874-1985)
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Old pit wheel, Herrington Country Park

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New Herrington Country Park

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Penshaw Monument as seen from Herrington Country Park

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Entrance to Herrington Country Park

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Sun, Herrington Country Park

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Sun themed bench, Herrington Country Park

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Islands in lake at Herrington Country Park

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Johns Rock, Herrington Country Park

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Herrington Country Park, near Sunderland

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Herrington Park

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Walkin the Dawg Herrington Country Park

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Sunderland - Herrington Country Park

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Penshaw through the eyes of a "Defender", Herrington Country Park

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The Greenheart Bridge

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Ribcage Bridge

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A Walk In the Park
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