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The

Castle
Parks Trail
Enjoy a pleasant stroll round
Castle Vale and Coronation Parks,
Berwick-upon-Tweed

About the trail
The whole circular trail route will take you about an hour.
There is one steady climb back up from the river through
Coronation Park. If you have less time (and can manage the
steps) you can shorten the trail by following the other paths
through Castle Vale Park back to where you started see the
map inside.
A new lease of life
Restoration of Castle Vale and Coronation Parks has, with the
help of the Heritage Lottery Fund, reinvigorated these little
known gems near the centre of Berwick. The Castle Parks
Trail will guide you along surfaced footpaths to the wonderful
views you can enjoy from them!
There are several information plaques and panels along the
way which reveal much about Berwicks fascinating past as
you go, and plenty of seats for you to rest and take in the
views or why not take a picnic?
For more information, or to get involved as a Friend of the
Parks, please contact the Berwick Parks Project Officer via
www.northumberland.gov.uk
BERWICKS HIDDEN HISTORIES REVEALED...
Discover the towns walls, remains of the
castle and lovely views of the River Tweed
with its three bridges.
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Castle Vale Park
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On the edge of two nations
Berwick sits on the River Tweed on the frontier between England
and Scotland. Its name means barley farm, and by the late 12th
century it had grown to be the wealthiest town in Scotland as the
nearest port to Europe. Among the exports was grain from the
'bread basket' of the Tweed Valley, a trade that continues today.
Between 1174 and 1482, Berwick changed hands many times,
finally ending as part of England. The castle, already in a state of
decay, was abandoned after the Elizabethans split the town with
their massive new defences in the 1550s to defend Protestant
England from the Catholic Scots and French. In Victorian times the
coming of the railway and the building of the station and the Royal
Border Bridge destroyed most of what was left of the castle. You
can see what remains today from the trail and station platform.
Two parks on the edge of town
Castle Vale Park
Castle Vale Park was opened in 1931. The land was donated to
the town by Mr John Cairns, a baker who lived on nearby Tweed
Street. Originally part of a ravine crossed by the old castle
bridge, the vale was the site of a stream powering Low Mill
where corn was ground. The ravine was partially filled in when
the station was built and is now the car park.
Coronation Park
Coronation Park was planted out in the spring of 1937 to
celebrate what should have been the coronation of Edward VIII.
After his abdication the coronation was that of his brother
George VI, Queen Elizabeth IIs father.
Apart from bloody sieges, the park has witnessed other
gruesome events in the past. Crowds would have gathered for
the public hangings held on Gallows Knowe at the top of the
park near the entrance.
Low Mill in the 19th century
It was sited where today the steps go down from
the Lily Pond in Castle Vale Park to the river.
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The Castle Parks Trail
Information point/centre
Parking
Toilets
Viewpoint
Steep path or steps
Old fortifications:
Castle remains
Medieval walls
Elizabethan defences
Map key
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Constable
Tower
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Look out for swans
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Railway
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Tweedmouth
The Quayside
Castlegate
car park Tourist
Information
Centre
Constable
Tower
Castle Vale
House
White Wall
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Coronation Park
Tommy the
Millers Field
Berwick
Old Bridge
(1633)
Royal Tweed
Bridge
(1928)
Royal Border
Bridge
(1850)
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metres Crown copyright 2013. All rights reserved.
Licence number 100042893.
Ice house
Scotsgate
Berwick Amateur
Rowing Club
boathouse
Conquerors Well
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Lily Pond
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Constable Tower
Keep a look out for the best preserved
remains of the old castle just after
you enter Castle Vale Park.
(Note: The tower is in the private
grounds of Castle Vale House B&B
please view from the park only)
Revealing Berwicks past the Castle Parks Trail
Lily Pond
Both Castle Vale and Coronation
Parks were laid out in the 1930s. The
influence of the Art Deco period of
the time is seen in the shape and
design of the Lily Pond and the
nearby shelter in Castle Vale Park.
A Bakers Dozen?
More slices of history from Berwicks
past are revealed at the viewpoint in
Castle Vale Park! Six questions are
posed here on bread-shaped bronze
plaques. The answers lie nearby
can you find them?

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