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|Berwick-upon-Tweed Coast and Walls Trail|
|Author: Claire, Published: 29 Jun 2014||Walk rating : Rating:|
|A 3 mile circular walk from the northernmost town in England, Berwick-upon-Tweed. The walk takes in a short stretch of the beautiful coast before circling the town via the town walls and Elizabethan ramparts, some of the best remaining examples of their type in the country. There is an opportunity for a paddle on the sandy beaches plus chance to explore some of the galleries and museums within the town. |
The majority of the walk follows paved paths, with just a short section along the grass coastal path. The route is relatively flat with just some short slopes and there are no steps or stiles, just a few simple gates, so it would be possible to complete with a pushchair. The coastal path follows the edge of a golf course so take care and keep your eyes peeled for any stray flying golf balls. Dogs are welcome on the town walls and bins are located along the way so that you can clear up after them. Approximate time 1.5 to 2 hours.
Berwick-upon-Tweed is located in Northumberland on the North Sea coast, just a couple of miles south of the Scottish border. The walk starts and finishes from the free Pier and Beach car park which is signed from the town. Make your way (with care) along the narrow road, Pier Road, towards the pier and then, just before the last house on the left (Pier House), swing left on the tarmac lane. Follow the lane all the way to the end where you will find the car park (alongside the cricket field and golf course). Approximate post code TD15 1JD.
|Start to Club House|
Start point: 55.7691 lat, -1.9928 long
Leave the car park via the vehicle entrance and, after just a couple of paces, turn left onto the grass path which leads you onto the edge of the golf course. The path follows the right-hand edge of the course so take particular care here, allowing golfers to play their shots before you proceed and keeping your eyes peeled for any stray balls.
|Club House to Brass Bastion|
Start point: 55.7749 lat, -1.9983 long
Follow the tarmac lane which initially leads you directly towards the impressive grass-topped stone walls, the Elizabethan ramparts which you will be walking along shortly. To understand the significance of these it is worth knowing a little of the history of the town.
|Brass Bastion to Royal Tweed Bridge|
Start point: 55.7729 lat, -2.001 long
Stay on the tarmac path that swings left across the north side of the city. On the right you will pass Cumberland Bastion, the best preserved of the town’s five bastions. The Elizabethan ramparts were modified in the 17th century and the alarm caused by the second Jacobite rising in 1745-6 ensured that they were kept in good order in the 18th century. In 1837, the pedestrian walkway was created along the ramparts.
|Royal Tweed Bridge to Shore Gate|
Start point: 55.7696 lat, -2.0068 long
At the bottom of the slope bear right, signed for The Chandlery and Town Walls, and follow this narrow cobbled lane with the stone wall immediately on the right.
|Shore Gate to Park|
Start point: 55.7671 lat, -2.0037 long
Keep ahead on the Quay Walls passing the old Custom House on the left. You will emerge out to an open green area with the Main Guard to the left. The Georgian guardhouse was moved to its present site in 1815. Now containing an exhibition on the history of Berwick, it once had a soldiers’ room, an officers’ room, and a prison cell for the detention of drunken soldiers, deserters, petty criminals and vagrants.
|Park to End|
Start point: 55.7719 lat, -1.999 long
From this path you can really appreciate the scale of the stone walls that form the front of the Elizabethan defences. The walls, faced in grey limestone, stand about 6 metres high. Above the walls the rampart earthwork rises a further 5 metres. The deep ditch in which you are walking would once have been a moat.
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The information in this guide has been provided in good faith and is intended only as a guide, not a statement of fact. You are advised to check the accuracy of the information provided and should not use this guide for navigational directions nor should you rely on the accuracy of the weather forecast. You are advised to take appropriate clothing, footwear, equipment and navigational materials with you according to the current and possible weather and nature of the terrain. Always follow the country code and follow any additional warnings or instructions that may be available. Some walks may be very strenuous and you are advised to seek medical advice if you have any doubts as to your capability to complete the walk.
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