Way back in the (very) early 1980s, I had a brief encounter with Newcastle University, and while I was there, I lived in the student accommodation at Castle Leazes, which meant that I often passed through Leazes Park, which has the usual lake with ducks, swans, geese and the like, lots of paths and trees and things, and is generally a Good Thing. But once that episode in my life was over, I never really had any need to head to that part of town, and so never visited the park again. Around twenty years after my last visit, lots of money was spent on improvements, cleaning the lake, landscaping, restoration and so on, in much the same way as Saltwell Park was restored some time ago.
Anyway, I set off for a longish walk, initially without a particular target, but remembered that I’d told myself the other day that I should give Leazes Park a try, so that’s where I went. I found a nicely restored terrace that I don’t recall seeing before – it’s possible that I just never got round to going to that side of the park, or that it has had more restoration than seems likely (it does have some new looking sculpture, including that lion I mentioned earlier). After looking at that, I took the traditional walk around the lake then headed back to town. Here’s my route:
As usual, click to see it at a more eye-friendly size, or head over to Gmaps Pedometer for an interactive, zoomy version.
 It was over in a year. We were just incompatible – they thought I should do something called “passing exams”…
 Lovely little cluster of delightfully attractive buildings, allegedly based on (if my memory of student mythology is accurate) the Swedish open prison system