As I had to change buses at Berwick upon Tweed anyway I decided to explore the town a bit. Even so, it is surrounded by the Scottish Borders. Berwick upon Tween is actually the most northern town in England. It used to be Scottish but during a turbulent past the town had be captured a few times before finally falling into English hands in 1482.
I started by walking towards the River Tweed and the still existing Elizabethian Walls, which were built to keep invading Scots from entering the town. And they are still very impressive today!
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. (Visitnorthumberland.com)
It is a lovely walk along or better said on the city walls and gives great views of River Tweed and also the city centre.
Berwick upon Tweed fort
After a bit, I reached the remains of the former fortress and fortification, that seem to be a beautiful garden and playground today. Again offering amazing views over the city.
This was the munitions dump, the place where ammunition was made and stored.