21st and 22nd September
Elizabethan Ramparts (Walk)
Berwick's imposing Elizabethan Walls are an icon feature of the town. Why and how were they built and by whom? This walk will help answer some of these questions and many more. “I must admit the new wall is marvellous beautiful”, was an opinion voiced to Queen Elizabeth in 1568, but what did the writer go on to say? Built at a time of uncertainty, this was the most expensive project of Elizabeth’s reign. Today, a tour of these walls is the best way to see Berwick and get an overview of its past and along the way encounter conflicting consultants and medieval map making. Led by local historian Jim Herbert, this walk gives an insight into the history of these unusual walls that encircle the town.
Saturday 21 September 10:30, Sunday 22 September 10:00 and 13:00 (about one hour) (booking required)
Meet at the Loovre, the coffee and ice cream parlour (Venue 10 on the map). Some steps involved. Note this walk also takes place the first weekend.
Tower Tour (Walk)
Originally part of the defences commenced by Edward I after he stormed Berwick in 1296, this section of wall was probably not built until the early 14th century and has seen many modifications since. During this short tour, local historian Jim Herbert will unravel the story and will take visitors into one of the more prominent features, Coxon's Tower, which underwent two major modifications since it was originally built. A much less obvious tower that visitors will be led into is the New Tower, which many people do not know even exists!
Saturday 21 September 12:00 noon, Sunday 22 September 11:30 and 14:30 (about one hour) (booking required)
Meet at the Ness Gate beside Cleet Court. (Venue 22 on the map.) Note this walk also takes place the first weekend.