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Discover the dramatic story of Berwick-upon-Tweed

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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.

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This walk around one of the best-preserved fortified towns in Europe is an unforgettable experience. 

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Walk Info

Distance:

3 miles

Level:
An easy walk with a few short steep climbs but alternative routes are available

tooltipAn easy walk with a few short steep climbs but alternative routes are available

Suitable for:
Step-free routes are indicated in the directions

tooltipStep-free routes are indicated in the directions

Dogs should be kept on a lead in the town and near roads

tooltipDogs should be kept on a lead in the town and near roads

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Region:
North East England
Setting:
Towns & Cities
Landscape:
Historic landscapes Shaping the landscape Built landscapes
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Start:
Berwick-upon-Tweed railway station
Finish:
Berwick Barracks
Getting there:

tooltipBerwick station is served by East Coast mainline services running between Newcastle and Edinburgh

tooltipBerwick is on the A1; plenty of car parks in the town centre

tooltipServed by regional and local bus services

tooltipOn National Cycle Route 1

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Berwick upon Tweed

Fisher’s Fort
© David Flintham

Berwick upon Tweed

Map of Berwick’s walls (1610)
© The British Library Board (G.7884 p89)

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Route map

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Walk kit

Choose between an audio or written guide: download and enjoy!

Downloads

Written guide
A flat route mostly on urban streets

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Audio guide
A flat route mostly on urban streets

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Extras
A flat route mostly on urban streets

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Photo Gallery

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Reviews

Find out what other people said about this walk

In the spring I stayed overnight at Berwick-upon-Tweed and used the Discovering Britain download for the town. It was a rather wet morning but I faithfully followed the walk and felt much more knowledgeable about the town when I had finished walking. In fact, there was far more to Berwick than I had ever imagined, having only passed through on the train before. The download guide was a great companion to have and, as its introduction says, 'This walk ...  is an unforgettable experience'.

Janet Mills, Harrogate

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Links

Find out more about the walk story and places of interest along the route

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Anglo-Scottish border

Read more about the history of the border between England and Scotland

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anglo-Scottish_border

Berwick Parks Project

Details about the improvements about the two parks on either side of the castle and railway station

http://www.northumberland.gov.uk/default.aspx?page=12049

Berwick upon Tweed Castle and Ramparts

Details about visiting the Castle and Ramparts which are owned and managed by English Heritage

http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/daysout/properties/berwick-upon-tweed-castle-and-ramparts/

Berwick-upon-Tweed: English or Scottish?

BBC News article about people feelings towards the English Parliament on election day

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk_politics/election_2010/england/8640148.stm

Berwick-upon-Tweed: Three Places, Two Nations, One Town

Adam Menuge and Catherine Dewar

English Heritage (2009)

The King’s Own Scottish Borderers

Find out about the Regiment and the Museum

http://www.kosb.co.uk/

Visit Northumberland

The official Northumberland visitor website

http://www.visitnorthumberland.com/

Stay with the YHA

Enjoy a stay in Berwick's historic youth hostel

http://www.yha.org.uk/hostel/berwick

Berwick Barracks and Fortifications

D Grove

English Heritage: London (1999)

Berwick upon Tweed Barracks and Main Guard

Details about visiting the Barracks and Main Guard which are owned and managed by English Heritage

http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/daysout/properties/berwick-upon-tweed-barracks-and-main-guard/

Berwick upon Tweed Civic Society

Website of the organisation which works to preserve the character and civic amenities of Berwick

http://berwickcivicsocietyo.ipage.com/newsletter/index.htm

Berwick upon Tweed: the historical walled town

Historical overview of the town

http://www.berwick.org.uk/berwick/berwick.htm

Borderlands

Find out more about the history of Northumbria from the England’s Northeast website

http://www.englandsnortheast.co.uk/Borderlands.html

Northumberland Coast: a visitors’ guide

Plenty of information for visitors on the area

http://www.northumberland-coast.co.uk/

Recommended place to stay - YHA

Berwick

http://www.yha.org.uk/hostel/berwick

Credits

The RGS-IBG would like to thank the following people and organisations for their assistance in producing this Discovering Britain walk

 

David Flintham for creating the walk, taking photographs and providing the audio commentary

 

Jenny Lunn for editing the walk materials and acting as narrator

 

Rory Walsh for assistance compiling the walk resources

 

Caroline Millar for editing the audio commentary

 

Jim Herbert for helpful comments on the commentary and providing archive and contemporary images

 

Berwick-upon-Tweed Museum and Art Gallery and the British Library for kind permission to reproduce images

 

Barbara Carr, cathietinn, Chris Gunns, Malcolm Morris, Alan Murray-Rust and Richard West for providing additional photographs via Geograph

 

 

An attractive full-colour version of the walk booklet is available to purchase from Berwick Tourist Information Centre located at 106 Marygate, Berwick-upon-Tweed, Northumberland TD15 1BN

 

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