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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Done this walk after breakfast whilst staying in Berwick, very well maintained with plenty of informative boards dotted along the walk, well worth a visit
Very well signposted walk with some great information boards on route. It's a lovely way to see the town and learn about its history. It's not too difficult a walk either.
PeterLeggett, Brampton, United Kingdom
Berwick is a Georgian town, but a walk around the city walls enables you to visualise more of its history. Some of the houses which are situated close to the walls are magnificent and in a truly unique position. There are many information birds on the elk which explain their history.
Very well signposted walk around the town
James A, Maidenhead, United Kingdom
Definitely worth going to for anyone visiting Berwick-Upon-Tweed. The walls have some well detailed information points around the very nicely kept trail. The view out towards Tweedmouth, Berwick, the river, the North Sea and as far down the coast as Lindisfarne are outstanding. On a side note, definitely worth continuing the walk down to the lighthouse at the end of the pier. Possibility to see a wide variety of wildlife (including seals!) and commands similarly excellent views across the town. Recommended!
Thetrustedtruth, Retford, United Kingdom
Stunning views on this walk regardless of the time of year . Plenty of places to access the centre if you fancy a coffee and cake on the way round ........ our favourite is mielle.