Ashington Colliery Heritage

Ashington Colliery heritage trail project.

Welcome to the Colliery Trail website

Posted on November 3rd, 2014 by dunc

The panels of our Heritage Trail tell a summarised, visual tale of the colliery but over time we hope that the website will become host to an even greater depth of content.

Please use the three menu options at the top of the website to look around.

If you have any memories or stories of the colliery that you’d like to have included on the website, we’d love to hear from you. Please don’t hesitate to get in touch using the Memories & Stories link, also at the top of the website.

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11 Responses to “Welcome to the Colliery Trail website”

  1. bill harries says:

    this was my colliery from Jan 1954, doing all the underground operation requirements-from pony timber leader, through rolleywayman-onto to Faceman in coal handfilling/drawing/cutterman and cachman-qualifird at Ashington Tech college with a Ministry of Fuel & Power certificate in Shotfiring explosives

  2. Bernie Dixon says:

    where is their a map of the trail and it’s length??

  3. dunc says:

    Hi Bernie.

    Try this link – the bottom of the trail guide should give you a reasonable indication.

  4. john cessford says:

    I would like to thank all the members who brought this project from an idea to fruition
    but one oversight is the closing date for Ashington Colliery which was March 1988 for coal production and the last men were transferred to Ellington Colliery in June 1988.

  5. Joanne Cordukes says:

    Hi thank you for your kind comments – we had some discussion about the closing date for the pit and researched various sources, we agreed on 1986 as this was the year that the pit closure began and it took the 2 years for this to happen

  6. Lynn B says:

    Where exactly is the start point? Not that familiar with the town that I can place this on the trail map

    Thanks for any help offered


    • Paul Nichol says:

      Hello Lynn

      The designated entrance to the trail is accessed from the A197 Morpeth Road at the northern edge of the town. It is located behind the Aldi supermarket and adjacent to Kwik Fit Tyre Centre.

      If travelling into the area by car, it is likely that you will arrive via the A1.

      If coming from the from the south on the A1, I would suggest exiting onto the A1068 at Seaton Burn (about 7 miles north of Newcastle) and following the A1068 about 10 miles to the outskirts of Ashington where will you come to a T-junction with the aformentioned A197. Turn right and follow the road about one third of a mile where you will see Aldi on the left. I suggest parking here and walking the 150 yards to the trail start behind the store.

      If coming from the north by car, I would exit at Morpeth and follow the signs from the town centre for Ashington. These will take you the 6 miles or so to Ashington on the A197. Parking and entrance is as described above.

      The map on the trail guide (which can be viewed and downloaded from this website) will provide confirmation.

      The Ashington Colliery Heritage Trail is circular and between half a mile and three quarters of a mile in length. It will take about 45 mins, walking at average speed and stopping at all the panels, to complete.

  7. d kendall says:

    Joanned Cordukes Think you have been mislead re the closure date of the colliery. John Cessford is correct I transferred from Bates Colliery in 1986 after Bates had closed and left Ashington June 1988.The closure process did did not begin till March 1988. From 86 onwards we were still developing new districts for coal work.

  8. Joanne Cordukes says:

    Thanks for that – unfortunately too late for our lecturns !!

  9. ross says:

    I really enjoyed my walk around the colliery heritage trail today (July 16th 2015).

    The leaflet is excellent and the interpretive boards are well presented, very informative, very readable and have the added attraction of some great photography. They also deal with areas of the mining industry that are often overlooked such as training.

    I think that this is the best mining trail that I’ve seen, so many congratulations to everyone involved.

    There was just one thing that concerned me. The wooden panels, signposts and seats are very good but how will they stand up to the wet and cold weather? Are they weatherproofed? Someone I passed on the trail thought they might not be.

    That said, I wonder if there is any way that the trail could be extended through Ashington itself, visiting the housing and commercial areas of the town before continuing, say to Woodhorn Museum. The Ashington Coal Company had a major influence on the town and its facilities. An extended trail would be of great interest to many visitors and an added attraction for the town.

    • Joanne Cordukes says:

      Hi thank you for your very kind comments with regard to the trail it is lovely to hear that you enjoyed and appreciated it so much. As far as I know the timber has had some kind of treatment that will allow for natural weathering and whilst they won’t last forever the sign lecterns, way markers and seats should survive Ashington winters ! As for extending the trail further throughout Ashington that is a fantastic idea and I am sure it is in the vision of the local tourist development department – however, please feel free to pass on your suggestions to Ashington Town Council and the County Council to encourage their involvement as this heritage trail was the result of a group of individuals.

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