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Winter Walks in Newcastle's parks

Snow in Jesmond Dene (c) Martin Bishop Photography

Winter walks are a popular tradition this time of year. What better way to clear the cobwebs and spend some time outdoors with the family than a relaxing stroll through nature.

If you’re in need of some inspiration for your walkabout, look no further. We’ve selected our favourite parks for winter wandering.

Heaton Park 

With an excellent network of footpaths, there’s plenty to see and explore in and around Heaton Park. If you really want to stretch your legs, Heaton Park connects to nearby Paddy Freeman's Park, Armstrong Park and Jesmond Dene – known collectively as Ouseburn Parks.

Why not stop for a bite to eat and a winter warmer at Sambuca’s at the Pavilion? Or if you need some caffeine to get the day started, keep your eyes peeled for popular local trader, The Coffee Cart.

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Jesmond Dene

A favourite for many, Jesmond Dene has some beautiful walks and its excellent network of footpaths makes it suitable for prams or wheelchairs.  

Keep the kids entertained with a game of pooh sticks on one of the many bridges over the River Ouseburn, and enjoy the stunning scenery in this historic ancient woodland. Don’t forget to pay a visit to the animals at Pets’ Corner too.

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Leazes Park

Escape the busy crowds and winter sales to enjoy some quiet time in Leazes Park this season. Right in the heart of Newcastle, this traditional Victorian park - in the shadow of St James’ Park - has lovely tree-lined paths to stroll through.

Did you know Leazes Park was Newcastle’s first public park? Opened in 1873, it was created to give local residents somewhere to enjoy clean air and exercise, away from the industrial factories of the city centre. Fast forward to 2019 and it’s still an oasis of calm and tranquillity in the city centre.

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Big Waters Country Park

Breathe in the fresh air at Big Waters Country Park and explore its network of paths and mature woodland. The pond at Big Waters Country Park is one of the largest bodies of open water in the region and it attracts all sorts of amazing wildlife, including birds, insects and otters

The pathways throughout Big Waters Country Park are suitable for prams or wheelchairs too. You can find the park just off Sandy Lane in Brunswick Village.

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For more inspiration and to learn about your local park, click here.

Image credit: Martin Bishop Photography



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