As dusk was falling and I was about to shut the curtains in my office, I admired the illuminated Royal Border Bridge. There are different colours and sequences most evenings but I wondered if this evening’s red, blue and white (although it looks more lilac in my photo) was to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II?
This morning flew past; it was so good to be back in the office using a full size laptop on a wired broadband connection after ten days in Spain using the netbook on some very dodgy hotel wifi.
However by midday I thought it was time for some fresh air. The rapeseed makes a vivid foreground for the Royal Border Bridge over the River Tweed in Berwick upon Tweed.
Sleet and snow was forecast for Berwick upon Tweed today.Â However, as it was looking slightly bright in the morning, we decided to go out for a walk toward the pier. Although we could see clouds surrounded the town, the sun made an appearance. I walked down the waterfront beneath the Town Walls, close to Ness Gate. It was hard to discern the sea from the clouds, as they were similar colours and the sea was so calm.
Looking toward the pier and Spittal Point from the shore
Looking toward Spittal Point in Berwick upon Tweed
Panorama of Tweed Estuary (click here for larger lightbox photo)
Looking toward the pier in Berwick upon Tweed
Although the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II was celebrated in the rest of the UK in early June 2012, it’s taken Berwick upon Tweed a few months to catch up. On our walk today we spotted some new arches at the Rose Garden in Flagstaff Park. The arches, designed by local Michael Lee,Â have the Berwick upon Tweed coat of arms depicting a bear chained to a wych-elm tree at the top of the arch.
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.
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.
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.
Â 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 clichÃ©s and flowery prose. You can get more information by clicking on the links below the photos/video.
Admire the Royal Border Bridge Illuminations
The illumination of the Royal Border Bridge in Berwick upon Tweed
Walk along Spittal Beach
Spittal Beach in Berwick upon Tweed
The weather forecast for Berwick upon Tweed today promised sleet/snow/rain and south easterly winds of 35mph. The wind direction pushed the sleet right into my office window. However, we did manage a walk along Spittal Prom this morning without too much precipitation. The swirling sea foam blowing up from the beach looked like clumps of snow.
I can’t believe that it’s taken more than five years of living in Berwick upon Tweed to get around to visiting Chain Bridge Honey Farm which lies around three miles outside the town, easily accessible from the A1. I did try to visit one weekend in low season but it’s only open on weekdays from November until March. What I liked most about the Honey Farm were the murals of local scenes adorning the walls.
Exhibits and Holy Island mural at Chain Bridge Honey Farm