In 1627, Sheriff Babington of Heaton threw his shoes up into the Sycamore to celebrate the birth of his Grandson. Since then residents of Heaton have continued this tradition by throwing their shoes up into the tree, whenever they celebrate a special occasion. The tree, as you can see is full of shoes, though not everyone believes the Sheriff Babington Story.
Passing under the Cradlewell Bypass Armstrong Park is on the left of and slightly higher than the Ouseburn River, Jesmond Vale on the right of the Ouseburn River. Walking through Armstrong Park, once over Jesmond Vale Lane, then you are in Heaton Park.
Armstrong Park entrances are on Jesmond Vale Lane, Armstrong Bridge and Ouseburn Road. Armstrong Park, like Heaton Park is open all the time. In Armstrong Park there is a bowling green and tennis and basketball courts.