Berwick upon Tweed from the Union Chain Bridge
Starting at the Union Chain Bridge, we will walk along the Tweed as far as Berwick. We will stop for lunch here, before returning back to the Chain Bridge.
This is a lovely walk along the River Tweed, following the Scottish side of the river. This side provides both the best walking and the best views.
We will cross the Chain Bridge and then walk along the river bank. A little way along we enter the grounds of Paxton House, which has a lovely mixture of woodland and river side. Along this stretch we will see many small houses. These were the dwellings of salmon netters but many have become holiday cottages and others are ruined.
As we head down river we will meet a tributary called Whiteadder. This can be crossed on a substantial bridge. This bridge, despite is size, shows the force that water can have and how high the water reached. It is not as straight as it once was.
First view of Berwick
Once the A1 has been crossed, the views of Berwick are unveiled. The town is situated high above the River Tweed, surrounded by a wall. However, it is the collection of bridges that are most eye-catching. The largest is the imposing Royal Border Bridge, that carries the East Coast Mainline to Berwick station. Arguably, the most interesting is the oldest, which carries cars and pedestrians.
We will pass under The White Wall, part of the town walls, through a Sally Port in the tower. It is only a short distance into town, where we will have lunch.
We will return on the same route as the path on the English side is not as good.
On return, and time permitting, we will visit the Chain Bridge Honey Farm before enjoying refreshments in the double-decker bus that serves as the tea room.
Hope you can join us.
Julie and Martin
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