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Berwick Pier, Walls, Bridges and Town Walk.

Introduction

This walk can be started at any point around it's route depending upon where you park or whether you arrive in Berwick by bus or train.

We started at the pier and walked along the pier first.

Total distance is just under 4 miles.

View from Berwick Pier.
View from Berwick Pier.

View across the River Tweed to Berwick.
View across the River Tweed to Berwick.

Walk

From the parking place at the end of Pier Road walk along the pier pausing at the corner to take in the superb view down the Northumberland Coast. Bamburgh and Lindisfarne Castles can be seen on a clear day.

There is no handrail along this pier so it pays to keep clear of the edge and avoid it completely in stormy weather.

Continue on to the lighthouse where the views to the north and south are both superb.

Walking back along the pier provides a great view along the River Tweed and along the next part of the walk, Pier Road and the Quay Walls.

View along Pier Road from Berwick Pier.
View along Pier Road from Berwick Pier.

 

View to the Quay Walls from Berwick Pier.
View to the Quay Walls from Berwick Pier.

Berwick Lighthouse.
Berwick Lighthouse.

 

View along the pier from the Lighthouse.
View along the pier from the Lighthouse.

Navigation Light at the corner of the pier.
Navigation Light at the corner of the pier.

View to Pier Road from the pier.
View to Pier Road from the pier.

 

Pier Road is a lovely place, with many of the old buildings being restored into new homes - they have views that are hard to rival.

Walk along the road as far as the walls, which the road passes under.

Turn left and up onto the path behind the Quay Walls.

View along Pier Road.
View along Pier Road.

 

Quay Walls seen from Pier Road.
Quay Walls seen from Pier Road.

View from beneath the walls.
View from beneath the walls.

View to the pier and Pier Road.
View to the pier and Pier Road.

 

Follow the path passing an old cannon and when you reach the corner, be sure to walk up the steps to take in the views in all directions.

From here follow the path past a row of fine Georgian Terraced Houses and from there, continue along the narrower path along the walls, a place which retains it's olde worlde charm.

View along the Quay Walls to Pier Road.
View along the Quay Walls to Pier Road.

 

Quay Walls footpath and houses.
Quay Walls footpath and houses.

Quay Walls footpath and houses.
Quay Walls footpath and houses.

Quay Walls footpath and houses.
Quay Walls footpath and houses.

 

When you reach the Old Bridge it is worth making a detour down the steps onto the quayside for views across the River Tweed and back up to the walls. Only a few small boats are moored here now but at one time this was a busy quay.

Berwick Old Bridge seen from the quayside.
Berwick Old Bridge seen from the quayside.

Berwick Old Bridge seen from the quayside.
Berwick Old Bridge seen from the quayside.

 

From the quayside walk back up to the bridge and turn left onto the bridge There is a "one way" system on the bridge footpaths which are on either side of the road.

Look back for a view to a very old narrow street to the town centre.

Looking up from the quayside.
Looking up from the quayside.

View towards Berwick from the Old Bridge.
View from the end of the Old Bridge.

 

Berwick Old Bridge was built between 1610 and 1624 and still carries road traffic. It is one of the finest old stone bridges in the country.

On the way across, the parapets provide good viewpoints and photography opportunities. On your right is the impressive Royal Tweed road bridge which you will cross on the way back across the River Tweed.

View to the Quay walls from the Old Bridge.
View to the Quay walls from the Old Bridge.

 

View towards Berwick from the Old Bridge.
View towards Berwick from the Old Bridge.

Royal Tweed Bridge seen from the Old Bridge.
Royal Tweed Bridge seen from the Old Bridge.

View towards Berwick from Tweedmouth side of the Old Bridge.
View to Berwick from Tweedmouth side of the Old Bridge.

 

At the end of the Old Bridge, turn right past Tweedmouth War Memorial and along the road towards a grassed area between the bridges. This is a favourite place where people feed the swans and a nice place to stop for views back across the River Tweed.

View between the bridges at Tweedmouth.
View between the bridges at Tweedmouth.

Swan at Tweedmouth.
Swan at Tweedmouth.

 

From here, walk across the road and underneath the Royal Tweed Bridge. Follow a footpath up the side of the bridge, emerging at the south end of the bridge.

The Royal Tweed Bridge was built between 1925 and 1928. It was the largest concrete arch bridge in Britain when it was built.

Walking across the bridge to Berwick the views are tremendous. On the left is the historic Royal Border Rail Viaduct that carries the main East Coast Railway. On the left, look down on the Old Bridge you just crossed and beyond down the River Tweed. Ahead is the view to Berwick Town Centre with the Town Hall clock which is a landmark from every direction.

View across the Royal Tweed Bridge.
View across the Royal Tweed Bridge.

 

View from the Royal Tweed Bridge.
View from the Royal Tweed Bridge.

View of the Royal Border Rail Bridge.
View of the Royal Border Rail Bridge.

North end of the Royal Tweed Bridge.
North end of the Royal Tweed Bridge.

 

When you reach the north end of the bridge turn immediately left and walk up to the Town Walls. Pass through an entry gate and follow the path up onto the top of the walls.

From here you have views over the rooftops of Berwick, over the River Tweed and to the coast.

Entrance to the Town Walls.
Entrance to the Town Walls.

View over Berwick from the Town Walls.
View over Berwick from the Town Walls.

 

As you continue along the walls the main street passes beneath you giving a fine view down Marygate to the Town Hall. Ahead are views to the coast.

At this point you could continue along the walls back to where you joined them or take a detour to Berwick Barracks (well worth visiting). We took the route down the High Street to visit the shops.

View along the Town Walls to the coast.
View along the Town Walls to the coast.

View down Marygate to the Town Hall from the walls.
View down Marygate to the Town Hall from the walls.

 

As you walk down the High street go to the left of the Town Hall where tucked up against the wall are Berwick Stocks. Continue and turn right past the Town Hall then immediately left.

On the opposite corner is an excellent Butchers Shop which we always visit when in Berwick.

Turn immediately right down Sandgate with it's white buildings and at the bottom of the hill some steps take you back onto the Quay Walls.

Berwick Stocks.
Berwick Stocks.

View across Sandgate to Hide Hill from the walls.
View across Sandgate to Hide Hill from the walls.

 

From here retrace your route back along the walls to Pier Road. Depending on your timing the views will look different as the tide covers the rocks and mudflats in the River Tweed.

Very fine old terrace houses.
Very fine old terrace houses.

 

View of the bridges from the Quay Walls.
View of the bridges from the Quay Walls.

View along the River Tweed and Quay Walls.
View along the River Tweed and Quay Walls.

 

View across the River Tweed to Spittal.
View across the River Tweed to Spittal.

Berwick Pier seen from the Quay Walls.
Berwick Pier seen from the Quay Walls.

 

View across the River to Tweedmouth Dock.
View across the River to Tweedmouth Dock.

View along the Quay Walls to Pier Road.
View along the Quay Walls to Pier Road.

View along the Quay Walls to Pier Road.
View along the Quay Walls to Pier Road.

 

Notes

Walking Gear:

-  Comfortable walking shoes or boots advisable.

- Waterproof clothing advisable depending on the weather forecast.

 

Food and drink available in Berwick Town Centre and Tweedmouth.

Toilets - in short supply - make a detour from the Town Walls where they cross the High Street to toilets next to Supermarket on north side of the walls (payment needed).

Maps - Street Plan of Berwick .

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