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Berwick chosen by Royal Geographical Society as one of most interesting places in UK to explore

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Berwick Ramparts © English Heritage

Berwick-upon-Tweed has been chosen by the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) as having some of the most interesting and diverse geography to explore in the UK.

The area features as part of a project and website – Discovering Britain – which aims to explain the stories behind the UK’s built and natural landscapes through a series of self-led geographical walks.

The walk looks at the stories behind the town’s dramatic history caught on the front line of battles, rebellions, wars and skirmishes and changing hands between England and Scotland at least 13 times in history.

The walk around Berwick-upon-Tweed – ‘On the Borderline – is a self-guided walk that starts at Berwick’s train station and ends at Berwick Barracks. It is 3 miles long and family friendly. It’s free to download at where you’ll find a map and audio commentary to accompany you on your journey.

Walkers will discover how the town’s people have lived alongside the military for centuries and how Berwick led the way with fortification design and weaponry.

RGS-IBG Director, Dr Rita Gardner, says: “This walk around one of the best-preserved fortified towns in Europe is an unforgettable experience. Magnificent viewpoints reveal why Berwick’s castle is on an ideal defensive site. Find out how successive rulers strengthened and expanded the town’s defences and walk around the walls and see medieval, Elizabethan, Tudor and eighteenth century constructions.

“We hope that people across the UK will explore the fabulously diverse geography and history that is on all our doorsteps. Berwick has both these in abundance.”

Commenting on the project Michael Palin, Immediate Past President of the Society, said:

“All too often we forget that travel doesn’t have to include trains and boats and planes. As Discovering Britain shows, some of the world’s most varied, spectacular and accessible landscape is only a strong pair of boots away.

“Discovering Britain brings our country to life, beneath your feet.”

Discovering Britain ( is an exciting website featuring a series of self-led geographical walks that helps explain the stories behind the UK’s built and natural landscapes. Each walk explores a particular landscape, finding out about the way in which the forces of nature, people, events and the economy have created and shaped the area. The Society’s Discovering Britain website is constantly evolving and aims to bring our islands’ geography and history alive.

The Royal Geographical Society (with The Institute of British Geographers) is the learned society and professional body for geography – the subject that helps us understand people, places and environments.



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