Did you know that the town of Berwick-upon-Tweed has changed hands between England and Scotland at least 13 times in its history?
Things are peaceful today but Berwick has had a dramatic history caught on the front line of battles, rebellions, wars and skirmishes.
Magnificent viewpoints reveal why Berwick’s castle is on an ideal defensive site. Find out how successive rulers strengthened and expanded Berwick’s defences. Walk around the walls and see medieval, Elizabethan, Tudor and eighteenth century constructions. Find out how Berwick led the way with fortification design and weaponry. Discover how the townspeople have lived alongside the military for centuries. Look for evidence as to whether Berwick is an English or Scottish town.
This walk around one of the best-preserved fortified towns in Europe is an unforgettable experience.
An easy walk with a few short steep climbs but alternative routes are available
- Suitable for:
Step-free routes are indicated in the directions
Dogs should be kept on a lead in the town and near roads
- North East England
- Towns & Cities
- Historic landscapes Shaping the landscape Built landscapes
- Berwick-upon-Tweed railway station
- Berwick Barracks
- Getting there:
Berwick station is served by East Coast mainline services running between Newcastle and Edinburgh
Berwick is on the A1; plenty of car parks in the town centre
Served by regional and local bus services
On National Cycle Route 1