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Woodland Walk - Jesmond Dene

IN TOWNHelen RayComment
Woodland Walk - Jesmond Dene

If you follow me on instagram you may have noticed that I have been posting a lot of from the North East recently.

That's because I am on hiatus. A shock health diagnosis just before Christmas resulted in me making the decision to take some time out from London life and head home for my treatment, to family and a good dose of Geordie TLC.

I have only been back for a couple of weeks but I feel as though I am rediscovering my city and its surroundings through new eyes.

A lot has changed in 10 years, but some things comfortingly remain the same, like Jesmond Dene, a narrow wooded valley that follows the river Ouseburn between South Gosforth and Jesmond Vale.

I used to come here with my family as a child and visit the animals in Pet's corner, walk the river and stop for ice cream.

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Return to your roots
When your limbs feel heavy
Within the grit
The soil
That raised you
You will find the strength
To grow again
— L.E Bowman
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This enchanting building is Jesmond Dene House, a 19th Century mansion house which in 2005 was converted into the city's first independent boutique hotel.

It provides the perfect setting for lunch after a woodland walk, we cosied up in one of the lounges by an open fire just as a whisper of light snow began to fall.

I just love being out and about in nature, it feels so good for the soul and especially soothing for me at the moment.

I'm looking forward to sharing lots more special places 'up North' over the coming months!