Berwick upon Tweed town walls

Guardian’s Cockle Up in Berwick upon Tweed Article

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I was flabbergasted when I read the Guardian’s article on travel tips for Berwick upon Tweed. The headline trumpets “Climb the Tudor Walls for Jaw Dropping Views”. The Town Walls (Ramparts) are usually refered to as Elizabethan. The term Elizabethan is used at the bottom of the article in the one “What to See” tip. Although Elzabeth 1 was the last of the Tudor line (thanks to reader Barbara Penteocost for pointing this out), being more specific gives a clearer idea of the period in which the Walls were constructed. You won’t require climbing equipment to enjoy the views from the Town Walls, it’s more of a stroll.

Berwick upon Tweed town walls

Town Walls in Berwick upon Tweed

As for the tip to buy some Berwick Cockles (sweets), that’ll be impossible, as the Cockle Shop closed in 2010. That tip has now been removed from the Guardian article.

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The shut down Berwick Cockles Shop

Next there’s a link to the Mark Irvine Gallery in Bridge Street, when that website has now been superceded. These tips left me wondering if the author had used some out-of-date sources to “research” her article. The article then reads like an advertorial for a Bed & Breakfast in Berwick upon Tweed; marketing blurb, giving no personal insight into the lodgings.

The Guardian article is fluffy, limited and inaccurate in places; I can’t see it being of any use to prospective visitors to Berwick upon Tweed. You’d need to read some real reviews (reporting the good and bad) of guests who’d stayed at that B&B, to get a better idea of what it’s like.

It says at the top of the article that it’s published in association with Visit England. They wasted their cash (and an opportunity to give Berwick upon Tweed some decent promotion) in this piece, which only gave one useful tip about the beautiful views from the Town Walls.

 My Tips for What to Do in the Berwick upon Tweed Area

If you want some more tips on what to do in Berwick upon Tweed, you’ve come to the right place, as I currently live in the town. I’ll let my photos/video do the talking and spare you the usual travel writing clichés and flowery prose. You can get more information by clicking on the links below the photos/video.

Admire the Royal Border Bridge Illuminations

Royal Border bridge lights test Sep21 2010

The illumination of the Royal Border Bridge in Berwick upon Tweed

Walk along Spittal Beach

Golden Sands of Spittal Beach: Todays Walk 27 January 2013

Spittal Beach in Berwick upon Tweed

Watch the Salmon Net Fishermen on the River Tweed

Salmon net fishing in Berwick upon Tweed

Follow the Lowry Trail

Berwick Harbour on the Lowry Trail: Todays Walk 26 January 2013

Berwick Harbour on the Lowry Trail

Admire Art at the Granary Gallery

Northumberland Lights in Berwick upon Tweed

Berwick net fishermen projected onto the wall of the Granary, home of the Granary Gallery

Cross the Oldest Suspension Bridge in the World at Horncliffe

Union Bridge aka Chain Bridge over River Tweed from Scottish side

Union (aka Chain) Bridge near Berwick upon Tweed

Visit Paxton House

Daffodils at Paxton House in the Scottish Borders

Paxton House near Berwick upon Tweed

Click here to see my Berwick upon Tweed photos on Flickr.

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