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Well so winter is here and this 8 mile walk in the city was on decent paths for most of the way and finished early to allow for the dark evenings. We met in the Job Bulman for breakfast, coffee and a chat before we set off down a busy Gosforth High street. It was not too busy though to jump in the road and take a picture for the start of the walk.
We wandered down the High street and had a look at the County – an impressive building with fine ales.
There were many large houses with one used by the Bishop of Newcastle, but I also managed to find a colourful old building too.
We arrived at the edge of the Town Moor and then cut into Jesmond Dene past the large hotel of the same name.
The old watermill is always impressive.
The waterfall was in action mode after all the rains, with a pretty reflection further upstream.
Now we all arrived at the Victory in South Gosforth for refreshments. It also reminded me of a friend of mine who is so petrified of all the roundabouts, turnings and lanes, that he makes a long detour to avoid this place in his car.
Inside the pub is a Victorian fireplace and a warm welcome!
Well unfortunately we had to move out and off around Gosforth Park nature reserve where the fields held standing water from all the rain we have had.
There was even a sneak peek of the racecourse grandstand where I used to cheer on all my winners!
Next we cut through a housing estate and to our surprise in the middle were the remains of a late Norman chapel – North Gosforth Chapel.
A short walk along the edge of the Great North road and we turned in to the Border Minstrel pub. Leaving here we stopped to look at Brandling House at the racecourse,
but by now light was fading and we had to head off back to Gosforth.
By the time we passed the Victory it was dark and we crossed the road into the Brandling Villa for a meal.