It's always nice to get outside into the fresh air and enjoy nature, regardless of the season. Despite being a city, Newcastle and its neighbouring Gateshead are abundant with parks and gardens, making it much easier to get some fresh air without travelling far. If you are staying in one of our two central locations in Newcastle, be sure to check out these relaxing spots for a time out.
In Newcastle's affluent neighbourhood, Jesmond Dene is a vast expanse of changing landscape and a wonderful spot for a summer stroll. Follow the river as it meanders through the urban park, passing through tunnels and green nooks, trees and peaceful places, and eventually arriving at a beautiful waterfall. As you travel farther into Jesmond Dene, you'll find it's popular with dog walkers and fitness fanatics, as well as a fantastic location to get some solitude in the city. Families enjoy visiting the park's furry and feathery residents at The Pet's Corner in Jesmond Dene, and the park's café is a pleasant pitstop for anyone in need of a hot beverage or a sweet treat.
Ouseburn is a creative hotspot in Newcastle, as well as a natural sanctuary. Through the woods and alongside the Ouseburn River, Wander goes out along the river to the Quayside, passing under the Byker Bridge. Alternatively, for a longer, leafier stroll, travel in the opposite direction and follow the river from the Quayside via Ouseburn and Heaton Park all the way to Jesmond Dene. Ouseburn Farm, an urban community farm that is thriving, is also located in the valley. The Ouseburn Trust has put together a series of self-guided tours to assist you in getting a better understanding of the popular destination. The Ouseburn self-guided walks can be downloaded here.
Exhibition Park, Newcastle
Exhibition Park is one of Newcastle's most beautiful city parks. The Palace of Arts is home to Wylam Brewery and many popular events. It is a fantastic starting place for numerous fun runs and Park Runs. Enjoy Exhibition Park's combination of tree-lined walkways, huge casual lawned spaces, gorgeous flowerbeds, and a lake, as well as a variety of recreational activities, including a skatepark and children's play area, with a takeout coffee and cake from the Palace of Arts. Exhibition Park is a great place to take your dog for a stroll in the heart of Newcastle, or head over to Town Moor to enjoy the vast grassy landscape – watch out for the cows who graze there during the summer!
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