Berwick's town walls are its most famous piece of architecture and still stand strong today, hundreds of years after they were built. Berwick actually has two sets of walls, the first set (of which only fragments now remain), commenced by Edward I, was two miles long. The later Elizabethan Walls (which are still complete) are a mile and a-quarter in length. The ramparts completely surround the town, with four gates through which entry to the town is enabled.
Berwick's Elizabethan Walls are the only example of bastioned town walls in Britain and one of the best preserved examples in Europe. When built in 1558 - designed to keep out the marauding Scots who regularly laid claim to the town - it was the most expensive undertaking of England's Golden Age.
The walls were built to an Italian design and contained bastions which were designed to allow gunfire covering every part of the wall. Outside the curtain wall and bastions, there were wide water-filled ditches to deter potential invaders.Walking around the town walls takes about 45 minutes and is a great way to discover Berwick's turbulent history You can also take in stunning views over the town and look out towards the wide sandy beaches of the North Sea and the Tweed estuary with its colony of mute swans.
Many of The Lowry Trail panels are on the Walls - Follow in L.S.Lowry's footsteps as you explore the town.
The ramparts are open all year round - entry is free.
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walk around the walls
Denise L, Tyne and Wear, United Kingdom
A good walk,excellent views.Various stop and start points.Some stairs to negotiate.Historical facts displayed @ intervals along the route.I have done this walk several times.Always enjoy it.Great views on a clear day.
In good weather I'm sure this would be even better
JANDDBritinParis, Saint-Nom-la-Breteche, France
We walked around the walls in terrible weather and still enjoyed it so on a good day I'm sure it would be terrific. As the previous reviewers said there are some steep drops but there are plenty of warnings and if children are kept under control they will be fine Interesting information boards with good diagrams makes it easy to imagine how it was
Easy Scenic Walk
John W, Knaresborough, United Kingdom
We parked at the bottom of Berwick upon Tweed in a free car park next to the river at the junction of Sandgate and Quay Walls. There is also a great little tea/coffee shop here fora preorder post walk drink and an excellent local crab sandwich! It is possible to walk back trough the gate in he walls and climb steps to start walking the walls, but we chose to head east towards the sea along the riverside. Either way, there are great views over the estuary. After a few hundred yards the path ends and we climbed down onto the sand and walked around the base of the walls for a few hundred yards before climbing back up onto a grassy area where we could access the path on the walls, but at high tide, this probably wouldn't be possible. Once on the main walls path, we were offered beautiful views across the town and out to sea, with Holy Island clearly visible to the South beyond miles of open sandy beaches. There are a number of gun platforms along the walk which add interest, together with various information boards explaining key points of interest. We simply followed the path back to the car park and as it's clearly signposted, it's impossible to get lost. The paths are good throughout, with no uneven areas or steep gradients. There are plenty of benches along the way if you need a rest, and a lot of places where you can easily leave the walls if you see something of interest along the way. This is a remarkable easy walk at under 2 miles, but it has so much of interest, and wonderful views. Our favourite view was from the viewing area overlooking the three bridges that cross the River Tweed to the estuary and Lindisfarne beyond.
Bucolic stroll around history
Amazing place steeped in hundreds of years of history if you can manage to get a ticket to the magazine powder and the ice house I'd really recommend it
Plenty to stimulate
MLRP001, Isle of Man, United Kingdom
We walked a full circuit of the walls. It is easy walking, with plenty of benches at the top end of the town. There is plenty to look at, architecturally inside the town or the views out to sea, inland or down the coast to Bamburgh and Lindisfarne.