VISITOR CENTRE, RED WALK, JESMOND DENE, JESMOND, NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, NE7 7BQ
Jesmond Dene is a wonderful, historic park in the heart of suburban Newcastle. The Dene is formed from the Ouseburn’s steep-sided, wooded valley which is a peaceful haven for residents, visitors and wildlife alike.
Located between Jesmond, Heaton and South Gosforth, the dene is easily accessible via all forms of transport. If we often get the bus to Jesmond Dene, we will get the 38 bus which you can access from town centre.
There is limited parking available, you must pay for a parking ticket. Parking in Jesmond Dene, you can park along the Red Walk, with disabled spaces close to the visitor centre. There is also parking spaces on Benton Bank.
Walking routes: old mill and waterfalls.
The Dene has plenty of walks and natures trials to offer, the route has such a natural beautiful scenery, and the river walk is peaceful. You will find that many visitors, use this route for bike riding, running, walking their dogs, etc.
One of the Dene’s most famous spots has to be the Waterfall, Located right next to the old mill. This little spot is always popular with visitors and great for a photo opportunity.
The watermill was an overshot mill late in its life span and the last waterwheel was removed in 1978 for rebuilding and eventual replacement. The mill was bought around 1860 by Lord Armstrong from a Dr Headlam and, although it was never used as a mill from the time of its purchase, it was still in use as a dwelling house until the 1920s. Unfortunately it was badly damaged by the Home Guard, when they were practising using explosives in the Second World War – according to the friends of Jesmond dene.
Pets corner/ Visitor centre.
Jesmond Denes Pets’ Corner is a popular, family-friendly visitor attraction. You will find animals of all shapes and sizes, including pigs, goats, and sheep alongside rabbits and colourful birds, including peacocks. This was always one of my favourite spots in Jesmond Dene growing up.
This is free but you can give a donation, information on photo below.
The visitor centre is facing pets corner, they have a little gift shop and also toilets. You must wear a mask inside, unless exempt. Public toilets at Jesmond Dene are open Monday-Friday 11:00-15:00, on a strict one in, one out basis.
There is also a ice-cream van, the girls love having an ice-cream after playing in the park. The ice-cream van is normally located outside of pets corner.
The park is also located next to the pets corner, this is only a small park. However, it’s a great little spot for the adults to relax whilst the kids burn of some energy.
On a nice day, you can always head over to the picnic field. This is great to sit down and eat and the kids have a run around.
However, there is a sheltered area with seats at this area if needed.
Jesmond Dene also brings to you a great selection of food stalls every 1st and 3rd Saturday of the month. Between 10am and 3pm. This is located on Armstrong bridge.
When we visited the food market, they had a one way system in place, staff to assist with any questions and also hand sanitiser displays on each side of the bridge.
Here is a list of some of the stalls, you can expect to come across when visiting.
We ended up having our lunch stop at the Geordie Bangers stall, they have the best sausages in toon!. I had heard such good things about them and I was not disappointed.
They also sell packs that you can buy to take home and cook your own, with the best range to choice from. Was gutted they had sold out when passing at the end or I would have purchased a few to try.
There pricing was not too bad at all, the sausage on the stick was £2, and they also had a family deal on too.
Paddy Freeman park:
Paddy Freeman Park. Freeman Rd, Newcastle upon Tyne NE7 7AH
Also nearby is Paddy Freeman park. The park is mainly grassed for informal leisure activities. with some shrubs and woodland plantations.
There is a large play area for younger children plus a main play area for older children. There is a bowling green and two tennis courts, plus a full-size football pitch.
There are two picnic areas within the park which have some accessible benches that are suitable for wheelchairs. And located near the lake, which is a fab view. The girls love feeding the ducks when coming here.