Route: Berwick-upon-Tweed

Area: Northumberland

Date of walk: 17th March 2020

Walkers: Andrew and Gilly

Distance: 2.5 miles

Ascent: 100 feet

Weather: Sunny 

Berwick-upon-Tweed sits at the tip of Northumberland, 3 miles from the Scottish Border, and is the northernmost town in England. The peaceful town that exists today is a far cry from Berwick’s turbulent past – it was captured or sacked 13 times before finally falling into English hands in 1482. Berwick’s fortifications were built to keep invading Scots from entering the town

 There is plenty of evidence of the town’s chequered history, in particular its medieval town walls, its Elizabethan ramparts, and Britain’s earliest barracks buildings, some of which we’d visit on today’s walk

We parked in one of the public car parks near the old Berwick Bridge. After passing through an arch we climbed up some steps and arrived at the top of Fisher’s Rampart to start the walk around the fortifications, which are well preserved by English Heritage. These massive defences were built between 1558 and 1570 in the reigns of Mary I and Elizabeth I, and were designed to mount guns to defend the town at a time of conflict between England and Scotland

The walk around the town walls can be continued, but when we arrived above the golf course we decided to follow the path across it, which leads to the Berwickshire Coastal Path. A huge and unsightly static caravan park along the cliffs deterred us from venturing further north, and so we turned south along the coastal path at this point to start the return leg

After following the path beside the golf course for a while we descended to the beach and walked along it for a short distance, before heading back into Berwick and retracing our steps to the end. Although it was the end of the walk, it wasn’t the end of the day, and there still remained enough time for another walk on nearby Holy Island, click here for that

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