Northumberland Holiday 2014 52

The Border walk

Well this walk ended up a bit grim really, a classic coastal walk from the Scottish fishing town of Eyemouth (map) along the coast crossing the English/Scottish border and then arriving at Berwick-Upon-Tweed (map). We are both lovers of Coastal paths but shame on the Scottish and English councils for the upkeep on the path at points was dreadful, jungles in the tropics are less overgrown in some places and it made hard walking especially when it started to throw it down on the Scottish part of the walk. The highlight of this walk was the seals in Eyemouth harbour that just swim about totally oblivious of people and boats that come and go on a regular basis, there is even a local vendor that feeds them fish on a long pole and the seals jump out of the water to get at the free meal. Eyemouth is the largest town in Berwickshire, and has been a fishing port since the 13th century. It remains a busy working harbour with a number of boats regularly fishing out of it. The sights, sounds (and smells!) around the bustling harbour area show how important fishing still is to the town.

Costal Path
The path is clear in places but views across to the see are often blocked by large banks due to the proximity of the East coast main line that runs alongside, in fact the only place of real interest is the small fishing harbour called Burnmouth (
map ) it was interesting to see how close the residents live to the sea and also the jagged rocks that surround the harbour, again this is worth a visit but in bad weather its grim.

Berwick-upon-Tweed
After a while (a good five hours infact) you arrive at the historical old town of Berwick and well worth a visit whilst in the area. The old towns history sights and buildings , make for a good days exploring.
Founded as an Anglo-Saxon settlement during the time of the kingdom of Northumbria,[2] the area was for over 400 years central to historic border war between the Kingdoms of England and Scotland, and several times possession of Berwick changed hands between the two kingdoms. The last time it changed hands was when England retook it in 1482. Berwick remains a traditional market town and also has some notable architectural features, in particular its medieval town walls, its Elizabethan ramparts ("almost perfectly preserved and of immense architectural significance") and Britain's earliest barracks buildings (1717-21 by Nicholas Hawksmoor for the Board of Ordnance). You will find some nice restaurants in the town and we had a great meal in the Queens Head Hotel near to the harbour , however do not park the car there as the seagulls made a bee line for my one resulting in a lot of moaning from me and laughing from Gail.