Walks in Newcastle

Alexander Iles

A guide to the most attractive, rewarding and beautiful walks in central Newcastle and the landscape beyond.

Our top picks

Jesmond Dene

Jesmond Dene, Red Walk, Jesmond Dene, Jesmond, Newcastle, NE7 7BQ - Visit now

Jesmond Dene is one of the favourite locations for walks in Newcastle-Upon-Tyne for locals, from relaxing walks through to picnics, people from all over the city travel to enjoy this wonderful Victorian park.

Jesmond Dene
Courtesy of Friends of Jesmond Dene

Quayside

Quayside, The Quayside, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 3DU - Visit now

The Quayside of Newcastle (and its sister town of Gateshead) is a hugely popular location in the city, featuring seven bridges spanning the impressive river, linking Newcastle to Gateshead and providing scope for many walks and tourist attraction.

Quayside
Courtesy of NewcastleGateshead

Leazes Park

Leazes Park, Richardson Road, Lodge, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE2 4BJ - Visit now

Found between Newcastle’s football stadium St. James Park and the Royal Victoria infirmary – the city centre hospital, Leazes Park is the city’s oldest public park and provides a wonderful range of activities for people in the city centre.

Leazes Park
Courtesy of Friends of Leazes Park

Exhibition Park

Exhibition Park, Claremont Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE2 4PZ - Visit now

Found to the North of the city centre next to Newcastle University Exhibition Park is a place in the city centre known for culture and recreation. At its heart, the park has a beautiful park and Victorian bandstand, boating lake with a wildfowl habitat and the Palace of the Arts – a structure built for the Exhibition of Science, industry and arts in 1929 which gives the park its name.

Exhibition Park
Courtesy of Exhibition Park Trust

Ouseburn

Ouseburn, Ouseburn Valley, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 2PQ - Visit now

If you were walking along Newcastle’s quayside to the east, you would eventually arrive in the Ouseburn. Ouseburn – named after its tributary to the River Tyne – is the alternative cultural quarter of Newcastle. The area is known for it is known for all the things that you can do when you visit.

Ouseburn
Courtesy of Ouseburn

Armstrong Park

Armstrong Park, 1 Burlington Gardens, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE6 5QJ - Visit now

Near Heaton you can find Armstrong Park, which connects Heaton Park with Jesmond Dean. This is one of the smaller parks in Newcastle but has its own beauty and pleasure to it.

Armstrong Park
Courtesy of Urban Green Newcastle

Heaton Park Newcastle

Heaton Park Newcastle, Heaton Park, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE6 5JS - Visit now

Found in the east end of Newcastle, Heaton Park offers fantastic opportunities to explore with woods, beautifully maintained flowerbeds, and wooded areas all in the same park. It is fantastically connected to both Armstrong Park and Jesmond Dene, for those looking to extend their walk around the other parks locally.

Heaton Park Newcastle
Courtesy of Urban Green Newcastle

Where to go in North East

Thompson Park
Sunderland
Park
Thompson Park, Sunderland

Thompson Park in Sunderland provides a local area for sport in the city. If you are looking for outdoor exercise from tennis to bowling, then Thompson Park can provide it.

Doxford Park
Sunderland
Park
The Secret Garden – Doxford Park

Doxford Park has a long history with human habitation back to the stone age, though the name of Silkworth comes from a Scandinavian Chief Silki who settled the land and created a community there a ‘worth’.

Sunderland
Park
Roker Park

Roker Park started as Sunderland Association Football Club’s stadium from the club’s founding in 1898 to 1997 when it was demolished and the club moved to the Stadium of Light. The park today has pleasant walks beside creatively planted flower beds awash with colour.

Barnes Park
Sunderland
Park
Barnes Park

Considered one of the most popular parks in Sunderland and one of the best walks to experience in the city, Barnes Park is just under two miles long providing a lot of space for people to enjoy.

Mowbray Park
Sunderland
Park
Mowbray Park

In the heart of Sunderland is Mowbray Park – one of the oldest parks in the North East of England. This beautiful park is wonderfully Victorian, being carefully designed to allow for a pleasant walk and fresh air in the centre of the city, while showing you plans from across the world.

Auckland Park
Durham
Park
Auckland Park

Next to Bishop Auckland is the refurbished Auckland project which is now internationally famous for Kynren and the Spanish Gallery, but also has a grand and pleasant park attached to the Castle.

Old Durham Gardens
Durham
Park
Old Durham Gardens

With more than three hundred and fifty years of history Old Durham Gardens, less than a mile from the historic city centre of Durham, is a popular location for pleasant walks and relaxation.

Low Burnhall
Durham
Park
Low Burnhall

A two miles from Durham city and off the historic Great North Road is Low Burnhall – sixty eight hectares of stunning natural beauty; a wonderful natural woodland that ranges from newly planted trees through to ancient British woodlands.

Frankland Park
Durham
Park
Frankland Park

Frankland Park is a linear walk though some of the most beautiful ancient woodland in County Durham. Found to the East of Durham on the banks of the River Wear, this walk takes you from the medieval religious house of Kepier Hospital through to the industrial viaduct that brought the trains to Durham.

Aykley Wood
Durham
Park
Aykley Wood

Found to the North of Durham, Aykley Wood is a nature reserve. Situated next to local housing estates the woods have protected an area of ancient British woodlands in county Durham and ensured that these can be enjoyed by locals and visitors alike.

Wharton Park
Durham
Park
Wharton Park

Just behind Durham’s Train station is Wharton Park. The park was created after William Lloyd Wharton inherited the land and decided that Durham needed a public park alongside the railway station.

Heaton Park Newcastle
Newcastle
Park
Heaton Park Newcastle

Found in the east end of Newcastle, Heaton Park offers fantastic opportunities to explore with woods, beautifully maintained flowerbeds, and wooded areas all in the same park. It is fantastically connected to both Armstrong Park and Jesmond Dene, for those looking to extend their walk around the other parks locally.

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