Beamish Shorthorns

Art Consett County Durham

Beamish Shorthorns

Art In Consett, County Durham

A sculpture of four metal cows constructed from old JCB parts, grazing on the C2C route near Beamish.

If you are having a pedal or saunter on the C2C route near Beamish, then be careful as there is a small herd of cows loitering around there.

Don't worry, they are perfectly safe as they are actually an art exhibition by the sculpturer Sally Matthews. Constructed out of Consett Steel from old JCB movers they were modelled on the local Beamish Shorthorns cattle in 1990.

Matthews constructed them in the train shed at the Beamish Museum where she had views of a herd of rust-coloured shorthorns, before finishing the welding in a pipe factory in Hebburn.

Sally chose this final location for the cows as she thought the bridges and trees would provide a “frame for her work” and was “like putting the cows out to pasture after a long winter in the shed”.

Thanks to Rachel Hagar for sending us these fab photos.

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Where Is Beamish Shorthorns

Where Is It?

What three words
sizzled.skirting.lighten

Lat / Long
54.876738, -1.656754
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From the car park, cross the road into the trees and then immediately turn right at the junction of the track. Follow the track for a minute or so until it joins up with the C2C track and then you should spy the cows.


Where To Park?

What three words
basket.loud.indicated

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54.877331, -1.658301

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There is parking just a few minutes walk away at Eden Place Picnic Area.

Simon Hawkins

Place contributed by Simon Hawkins

Thanks for checking out this place on the Fabulous North! I do enjoy a wander out in to the countryside trying to find hidden gems that not many people know about. You can't beat a rogue Pele tower up a remote hill or a mysterious stone circle or a stunning waterfall secluded in a forest.

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