Norham and Twizel Bridge
Norham and Twizel Bridge is a figure of eight walk taking in the banks of the Tweed and the surrounding area. It is a beautiful part of Northumberland and a very good walk.
|Hills:||Some low hills|
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We start in Norham as there is plenty of street parking here. From here we walk past the village green and then into the churchyard of St Cuthbert’s Parish Church. At the back of the churchyard there is a path down to the river. We will be walking by the river Tweed for the first part of the walk, before turning away from the river.
Towards Twizel Bridge
We will pass under the Ladykirk and Norham Bridge, on our way to Newbiggin Dean. This bridge replaced an earlier timber bridge in the late 19th Century. We will use a path up Newbiggin Dean on the way back but on the way out we will head along the river a little further and then inland across fields towards Tilmouth Farm. On the way we pass across an old trackbed from the Tweedmouth to Kelso branch of the North Eastern Railway. This closed in the 1960s but many associated buildings still remain.
Twizel Bridge and the River Till
Before long we arrive at Twizel Bridge. This is the name of the small hamlet here but there is a Twizel Bridge and also a Twizel Castle. We will visit both. The castle was originally a medieval castle but what remains now is just the shell of an ancient folly. The bridge however was built in 1511 and was a very important crossing point on the River Till, especially during the Anglo-Scottish wars.
From Twizel Bridge we descend down to the banks of the River Till and follow this downstream back to the Tweed. Along the way we pass under a viaduct that was part of the railway mentioned earlier. We will follow the path along the Tweed back to Newbiggin Dean, where we will turn away from the river again and walk up the Dean. We again pass under another viaduct on the disused railway.
Newbiggin Dean and Norham Station
At the top of Newbiggin Dean we take the road back towards Norham. This passes the old Norham Station buildings. This used to be a museum for the railway but closed a few years ago and is now a private residence but some remnants of the museum can still be seen outside.
After crossing another road we take a path along the edge of a field, which emerges across from Norham Castle. Entry to the Castle is free, so we can spend some time visiting there too, before wandering back into Norham.
After the walk we will be visiting the Masons Arms for refreshments, they have a small selection of cakes available.
We look forward to seeing you there.
Julie and Martin x
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