Jesmond Dene, Newcastle

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    • Registration opens: 10:00 am closes: 12:00 pm
    • Starts from: 10:30 am

    update: 19/8/23: map scales revised

    Jesmond Dene is the jewel in the crown of Newcastle’s parks and green spaces. It was given to the City by William Armstrong – a local engineer, industrialist and philanthropist – who had transformed the dene into his private garden, through the creation of waterfalls, a grotto and the planting of many exotic trees and shrubs. Some courses extend into Armstrong and Heaton Parks.

    Travel: Jesmond Dene is signposted from the Coast Road (A1058) that runs from Tynemouth (in the east) into the City centre (in the west) – it is on the North side of the Coast Road.

    Please note that the central motorway is closed southbound on Sunday morning.

    Arriva buses 306, 308, 51 run regularly from the City centre towards Tynemouth/Whitley Bay/Blyth – alight at Cradlewell (see below) and follow the signs to Jesmond Dene and Pets Corner. Other buses include Go North East 307 and 309.
    Jesmond Metro: 1 km.

    Parking: There is limited pay and display parking (80 pence an hour) on Benton Bank and Red Walk (approach from Cradlewell.)

    There is limited free off-street parking at the east end of Armstrong Bridge and street parking on Jesmond Park Road West accessed from Coast Road eastbound. Please park considerately. If parking to the east of the Dene, please approach assembly as signed from east end of Armstrong Bridge. Please keep to this route.

    There is bicycle parking opposite the café.

    Assembly: Millfield House Café (opposite Pets Corner) Jesmond Dene (///boot.shows.tells NZ261622 NE7 7BQ)

    CoursesDistance (km.)Climb (m.)Map
    Short Green2.6851:5000
    Light Green3.1801:7500
    Participants aged under 16 yrs are
    restricted to Short Green, Orange, Yellow or White

    Starts: 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Courses close 2:30 p.m.
    Full leg cover strongly advised owing to brambles & nettles.

    Map: by Fred Miller and Tim Jenkins. For scales see course list above.

    Facilities: Mark, the operator of the café has kindly allowed us to hold our registration/download in the yard in front of the café (where there are also toilet facilities), so please consider buying a coffee/tea after your run.

    Urban Green Newcastle is supporting the event and is a local charity who looks after Jesmond Dene Park (the photo above is taken from their website) – if you wish to make a donation, please see the link .

    Entry: via SiEntries open now. Entries close Sunday 27 August 2023. Limited entry on the day for white, yellow and orange courses.

    Organiser; Jeremy Smith <>
    Planner: Andrew Rice
    Controller: Mary Rack

    Safety: Orienteering is an adventure sport. A comprehensive risk assessment for the event will be prepared and identified risks mitigated. However, please be aware that participants take part at their own risk and are responsible for their own safety during the event.

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