Whilst COVID-19 may have scuppered your holiday plans, you may be able to find minor relief in the escapes you can have here in the parks and quiet areas of Newcastle. The Quayside, Town Moor, Jesmond Dene and Ouseburn Valley are all gorgeous areas of our city, and as lockdown continues you have no excuse not to explore these areas if you haven’t already!
Squashed between Heaton and the River Tyne, Ouseburn Valley is a vibrant and creative community centred around the Ouseburn, a small tributary of the Tyne. Packed with greenery and great views thanks to its hilly nature, a walk through the valley can make you feel like you’ve escaped into a small, funky village when in reality you’re maybe a twenty-minute walk from Monument.
You can meander alongside the Ouseburn, passing by the adorable Ouseburn Farm – which isn’t open at the moment, but you should still be able to see pigs and some geese ambling around. Once you get to the confluence of the two rivers, you can follow Hadrian Wall’s way back down into Newcastle City Centre via the Quayside.
A classic. If you’re a student at Newcastle then you’ve almost definitely visited this idyllic strip of park which hugs Jesmond; if you haven’t, you’re missing out and you must head over as a matter of urgency.
The Dene boasts a miniature zoo-of-sorts, plenty of lush grass, and even a waterfall – what’s not to like?! It makes for a great weekend walk if you’re wanting to feel wholesome, or a decent location for a few socially-distanced bevs.
Again, if you’re a Newcastle student you have most likely taken an insta pic of the iconic bridges or wandered around the Baltic. However, if for whatever reason, you’ve never ventured south of the station then you must check out Newcastle’s Quayside – even if bridges aren’t your thing.
A nice little overlapping loop can be explored by heading down from the station and along the side of the Tyne towards the Millennium Bridge. Cross and head back the way you came just on the other side of the river (look at that, you’re suddenly in Gateshead!), passing a converted-mill-now-art-gallery: the Baltic. To get back into the city centre walk along the massive, green Tyne Bridge, and voila you’ve done a succinct tour of the Quayside!
THE TOWN MOOR
Though the moor may seem a bit flat and barren, it’s the perfect place for a reflective stroll and offers Exhibition Park with a lake, tennis courts, and Wylam Brewery (which will be back open on the 4th July!).
If you’re willing to head a bit off-path then you can get stunning sunset / sunrise views of Newcastle on top of Cow Hill – named I suppose for the cows which roam there during Spring / Summer. Maybe you’ll even make some new bovine pals.
Last modified: 26th June 2020