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Get Outdoors!

It may come as a surprise to those of you who are planning a city break in NewcastleGateshead that there are great expanses of rolling countryside and stunning coastline on the city’s doorstep. Get outdoors and feel the restorative benefits strolling through the leafy parks and gardens in the heart of NewcastleGateshead. Wander to the waterfall in picturesque Jesmond Dene or admire the swans on Saltwell Park’s lake in Gateshead; breathe in the fresh air along the Quayside and enjoy the best of the city’s open space and scenery as part of your city break.

Families will love experiencing a slice of rural life in the urban surroundings of NewcastleGatehead with a visit to Ouseburn Farm or Pet's Corner in Jesmond Dene. Travel south of Gateshead to find WWT Washington Wetland Centre where visitors can explore the sprawling nature reserve or wait patiently in the hide to spot the outdoor attraction’s varied wildlife.

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If you want to get into the rugged countryside whilst taking in the centuries-old history of the region, then why not hike beside the historic UNESCO World Heritage Site, Hadrian’s Wall? You could stop off at attractions like Housesteads Roman Fort for a great day out. Or head to the North East coast which stretches for sandy miles, north and south of the River Tyne.

Blow off some steam in Gateshead’s great outdoors with a walk in open countryside, forests and woodlands as you look out for Red Kites. Or get active outdoors with surfing, kayaking and cycling at the coast.

Discover more about the North East’s rich heritage whilst enjoying a day in the fresh air at attractions like Beamish Museum, National Trust and English Heritage sites and The Alnwick Garden.

NewcastleGateshead and the North East is home to some of the country's finest golfing spots, with beautiful countryside and stunning views so why not take in the beauty of the region while you putt?

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