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A popular retreat for the active

Walbottle & Throckley Dene

On the western edge of Newcastle, this leafy woodland is a haven for native wildlife.


On the western edge of Newcastle, this leafy woodland is a haven for native wildlife. It’s popular with walkers, cyclists, horse riders and runners. The Dene is beautiful at any time of year. Enjoy the spring flowers, the shady canopy in full summer, the beauty of an autumnal day or the crisp starkness of winter – there's always something of wonder.

The main path through the Dene is a public bridleway and used by lots of active people. It’s great for clearing the cobwebs and weekend adventures in the woods. 


Did you know?

The park falls within the Hadrian's Wall World Heritage Site.

Plan a day out

Access to the Dene is limited due to the natural geography of the area. Footpaths are mostly soft surfaced and can become muddy and waterlogged in wet weather. There are steps at the Westway, Ambleside and Mayfield Avenue entrances, and the Hexham Road entrances are not accessible to wheelchairs or pushchairs.

On-street car parking is available at some of the entrances to the Dene, including Westway and Mayfield Avenue. If you’re using the Hexham Road entrance, please park behind the bus stop to the west of the Dene, on the north side of Hexham Road.

If you’re feeling active, it’s perfect for walking the dog or a scenic bike ride.

Perfect for getting some fresh air with the kids. Great for collecting leaves in autumn.

There are no facilities, so why not pack a picnic?

There are no loos, so make sure you’ve answered the call of nature before you set off.

Tyne Riverside Country Park at Newburn offers ample free parking, toilets and an information room.

  • It can be muddy so wear appropriate footwear and leave your best clothes at home.
  • The Friends of Throckley and Walbottle Dene is a small group of people who are committed to promoting and improving the Dene, whilst protecting its landscape and wildlife. They work with Urban Green Rangers to organise events and to fundraise. New members are always welcome.

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