Jesmond Dene ParkNewcastle Category Outdoor Activities
Jesmond Dene is a unique haven of peace and tranquility for the people of Newcastle. It is a narrow wooded valley that follows the river Ouseburn between South Gosforth and Jesmond Vale. This provides an important wildlife corridor right into the centre of Newcastle. There is a spectacular mix of native and exotic trees, and the Dene is home to a lot of wildlife, notably the Kingfisher, the Red Squirrel and many woodland birds. The Dene stretches for over three kilometres and has many areas of tranquillity, as well as ‘honey pots’ of activity.
Jesmond Dene provides strong historical links with 19th Century industrial development and landscape design – Lord Armstrong’ s influence being very apparent. There is also a large network of paths and bridges throughout.
Colemans field re-opened in February 2011 following a major refurbishment funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund. The refurbishment includes a new pathway linking Colemans Field to Benton Bank. A new bridge has been constructed over the Ouseburn to link the paths.
Near the entrance of Jesmond Dene, just off the Coast Road is Millfield House. This provides a range of activities including a Ranger Service Information Room, Conference Centre, café and toilets. This part of the Dene also has a large picnic area and a ‘Pet’s Corner’.
A brand new state of the art Visitors Centre is now open in Jesmond Dene next to Millfield House.The centre is the base for the Parks Manager, Information Officer, Rangers and Education and Interpretation Officer. The visitors centre includes an exhibition space, classroom and offices. Adjacent to the Visitors Centre is Millfield House café and toilets.