Day 173 : Berwick-on-Tweed – Belford

I was never quite sure whether Berwick was in Scotland or England for it has changed hands several times in its history. The border is actually a couple of miles north of the town. The walled town lies on the north side of the River Tweed and has three bridges over the river. The impressive railway viaduct, an old stone bridge that now carries traffic one way from north to south and the newer bridge that carries the main traffic through the town.


Walk Date :                3rd Nov 2015
Mileage :                     18.60 miles                   Total Mileage :          2, 724.19 miles
Accommodation :      YHA, Berwick-on-Tweed

I am staying at the Youth Hostel in Berwick which is quite impressive, a restored Granary in the centre of town near the waterside. It has been tastefully restored even though the walls are tilted and bent. It’s a good base for exploring the area.


I leave Berwick by the old bridge and make my way along the south bank to Spittal. It has a fine long sandy beach and promenade. The painter J.S. Lowry often visited the area and there is a Lowry Trial along the promenade with boards with information about pictures he painted.


Along this coastline right from Edinburgh I have passed many golf courses. At Goswick I notice groups playing in the fog, I don’t know how they find their balls. I walk down the side of a path only to find when I got to the other end that I had walked through a practice range; I thought there seemed to be a lot of “lost” balls.


I’m afraid it was too foggy to see the Holy Island and when I reached the causeway I could only see about 50 yds down the road. Holy Island is famous for its Lindisfarne priory, the home of Oswald and the seat of Christianity in Anglo Saxon times. You have to check the tide tables before trekking across to the island.


I trek inland to Belford, the most convenient place for me to get the bus back to Berwick.