Just a mile downstream from Newcastle city centre we turned away from the Tyne along one of its small tributaries, the river Ouseburn.

 

 

Fingerpost signs pointed the way to some unlikely-sounding destinations – The Toffee Factory, Seven Stories, Ouseburn Farm and Ouseburn Village Green.  We are still in the city centre.

 

 

Further upstream, woods and parkland along the Ouseburn valley were once part of grand private estates.  Now Jesmond Vale, Heaton Park, Armstrong Park, Paddy Freeman’s Park and Jesmond Dene form a chain of richly varied public green space stretching two miles from the city centre to the leafy suburbs.  We’ve much more to explore on another day.

 

The Armstrong Bridge across the Ouseburn valley at the entrance to Jesmond Dene