- October 15th 2013
Berwick-upon-Tweed is England’s most northerly town, sitting halfway between Edinburgh and Newcastle at the mouth of the River Tweed and not far from Barbour HQ in South Sheilds. With an interesting history, having changed hands between the English and the Scottish 13 times, we decided to visit the area as part of our Autumn Wild Britain campaign...
There are three bridges that cross the River Tweed at Berwick: The pink stone Jacobean bridge (1611-1635), the four arched Royal Tweed Bridge (1925-1928) and the grey Royal Border Bridge, built by Robert Stephenson in 1847 for the York, Newcastle and Berwick railway. With its interesting history, superb location and beautiful river, Berwick is a great place to go and explore.
As always, the best way to see Berwick is on foot. We recommend a walk through the town taking in the sights. There is a trail you can take named after the famous artist L S Lowry, who discovered the town in 1935 and was so captivated by its charms that he spent his holidays there for the rest of his life. The entire trail covers five to six miles and takes three and a half to four hours, or alternatively you can walk around the town walls in half that time.
If you opt for the shorter walk on top of the ramparts you still get to see some fabulous views over the town, harbour and out to sea. Dotted along the way are panels with replica Lowry paintings of Berwick at the vantage points where he painted them.
The longer walk starts behind the town walls at Dewar’s Lane then leads up to the ramparts and through the 13th century Sandgate to the Elizabethan fort. You can then walk towards the lighthouse and past one of Lowry's most charming paintings 'On the Sands' - unfortunately this area is now reclaimed grassy land rather than sand.
Back on the city walls, the trail runs beside the huge Barracks, which now houses several museums, leading to the bridge high above Marygate and the main shopping street of Berwick.
Visit visitnorthumberland.com/berwick-upon-tweed for more information on Berwick-upon-Tweed