Berwick Upon Tweed to The Borders Tour

Berwick Upon tweed Loop ‘The Borders Tour’

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A 41 mile cycle route Starting from the historic town of Berwick Upon Tweed with its famous town walls and fortress it is said to be the most northern town in England. This ride will take you from Berwick northwards towards the coast and then out into the surrounding countryside through some rugged hilly country lanes and villages. The route is mainly along country lanes and ‘B’ roads.

 

The historic town of Berwick with its strategic position on the English-Scottish with its great wealth led to a succession of raids, sieges and take-overs. through the ages the town changed hands between England and Scotland more than 13 times, and was the location of a number of momentous events in the English-Scottish border wars.

Starting from the car park on Marygate (A)in the centre of Berwick cycle up Marygate past Castlegate Car Park and after 400 yards just after you pass over the railwayBEAR RIGHT  along North Road A1167. Continue to cycle up the hill along North Road which takes you a quarter of a mile to a roundabout.

At the roundabout take the second exit heading north on the A1, take care on this busy stretch of road. After 300 yards TURN LEFT along a country lane (B) and cycle half a mile to the end of the lane where you come to a ‘T’ junction (C). At the junction TURN RIGHT along Duns Road. Cycle along Duns Road for two and a half miles to the historic village of Foulden. Just before you reach Foulden you cross over the border into Scotland. At the centre of Foulden TURN RIGHT (D)up the lane heading towards Ayton and Burnmouth.

As you cycle up the steep hill along the lane from Foulden you will cycling in the Scottish Borders open countryside. Continue along the lane for 2 miles where you come to a ‘T’ junction at the end of the lane (E). At the junction TURN RIGHT and after three quarters of a mile TURN LEFT (F)along the country lane towards the village of Ayton.

Continue along the lane over the railway and after one and a half miles you come to a junction with High Street B6355 in Ayton. At the Junction BEAR RIGHT and THEN LEFT along High Street and after 200 yards TURN RIGHT at the cross roads in the centre of Ayton along OLD TOWN Road B6355 (G) towards Eyemouth.

Continue to cycle along Old Town Road out of Ayton and the road takes you across a bridge over the A1 through a couple of wooded areas and after 2 miles you come to a cross road junction on the outskirts of Eyemouth with the A1107. At the junction GO STRAIGHT ACROSS THE JUNCTION along Victoria Road B6355 which takes you in to the centre of Eyemouth. The fishing port of Eyemouth takes its name from its location at the mouth of the Eye Water. The Berwickshire coastline consists of high cliffs over deep clear water, with sandy coves and picturesque harbours. Notable buildings in the town includes Gunsgreen House and a cemetery watch house built to stand guard against the body snatchers. The area offers opportunities for bird watching, walking, fishing and diving.

You may wish to stop at Eyemouth for some refreshments and visit the local harbour and the pubs on the quayside.

To continue on your cycle ride cycle along Victoria Road and BEAR LEFT along Albert Road following the one way system. At the end of Albert Road TURN LEFT along Northburn Road B6355 (H) and after 300 yards at the cross roads GO STRAIGHT ACROSS THE JUNCTION along the lane and cycle uphill towards Cairncross. Cycle for one and a half miles to the end of the lane and at the ‘T’ junction TURN RIGHT (I), heading towards Coldingham.

Continue along the road for one and a half miles to the end of the lane where you TURN LEFT on the A1107 and cycle for 200 yards to the centre of the historic village of Coldingham. As early as AD 660, Coldingham was the site of a religious establishment, when it is recorded that Etheldreda, the queen of Egfrid, became a nun at the Abbey of Coldingham, which was described as “the Monastery of Virgins” The priory continued in its religious purposes until 1560. The ruins of about 40% of the original priory church were reconstructed in 1855; it is today used as the parish church, and is the most notable building in the parish. Nearby Coldingham Bay has a sandy secluded beach popular with surfers.

At the centre of Coldingham TURN LEFT along the B6438 (J) and cycle along the road and through the village of Cairncross and after 2 miles you come to a junction with the A1. At the junction GO STRAIGHT ACROSS the junction along the B6438 and cycle along the road for 300 yards to the village of Reston.

At Reston the B6438 bends sharply to the right at the centre of the village, at this point (K)TURN LEFT along the country lane and cycle along the lane up hill and after 2 miles you come to a ‘T’ junction. At the junction TURN LEFT along the B6437 towards the village of Chirnside. Continue along the B6437 for approximately 2 miles where you come to a ‘T’ junction.

At the junction TURN RIGHT keeping to the B6437 and cycle along the road for about 300 yards to the end of the road. At the end of the road TURN RIGHT along the A6105 and after 50 yards TURN LEFT down the country lane (L). Continue along the lane and after 200 yards BEAR LEFT and follow the road down to Whiteadder Water. At Whiteadder Water cycle across the bridge and continue for three quarters of a mile along the lane where you TURN LEFT (M)along a lane towards the village of Hutton.

Cycle along the lane for one a quarter miles to the village of Hutton as you cycle along this stretch you pass Hutton Castle. When you reach Hutton TURN RIGHT at the ‘T’ junction then TURN IMEDIATE LEFT along the lane heading in the direction of Paxton.

Cycle along the straight lane for one and a half miles where you TURN RIGHT and cycle down the lane for a quarter of a mile to the village of Paxton. Continue along the road straight through the village and 250 yards after the village you come to a junction where the road meets with the B6461. At the junction TURN RIGHT along the B6461 (N). About 200 yards along the B6461 you pass Paxton House on your left. Paxton House is a country house built for Patrick Home of Billie between 1758 and 1766, it is open to the public and is said to be one of the finest examples of a Palladian Country House in Britain.

From Paxton House continue along the B6461 for one and a quarter miles to the village of Fishwick. When you reach Fishwick the B6461 bends sharply to the right and goes through the village, at this point (where it bends) TURN LEFT (O) along the road and cycle along the road for 1 mile where the road brings you to Union Bridge which crosses the River Tweed and is also the border between Scotland and England. The Union Bridge is a suspended-deck suspension bridge. When it opened in 1820 it was the longest wrought iron suspension bridge in the world with a span of 449 ft, and the first vehicular bridge of its type in Britain.

Cycle across the bridge and on the other side of the river follow the road to the right and cycle up the road for half a mile past Chainbridge Honey Farm and you come to a ‘T’ junction (P). At the junction TURN LEFT and cycle along the lane for half a mile to the small village of Loanend. When you come to the small village of Loanend with the buildings on your left TURN RIGHT (Q)along the country lane heading towards Murton and Longridge Towers. After half a mile you come to a cross roads with the A698. GO STRAIGHT ACROSS THE JUNCTION up the lane passing through Murton continue along the lane and half a mile past Murton you come to a ‘T’ junction (R).

At the junction TURN LEFT along the B6354 towards Berwick. After about 1 mile you come to a cross roads with the A1. GO STRAIGHT ACROSS THE JUNCTION along Etal Road B6354 and cycle for 1 mile to the end of Etal Road.
At the end of the road TURN LEFT THEN IMEDIATE RIGHT up Mount Road (S). at the end of Mount Road TURN LEFT along Tower Road and then TURN FIRST RIGHT which brings you to Dock Road. TURN LEFT along Dock Road. Cycle along Dock Road along the river front and you will be able to see two bridges in front of you, The older bridge with its fifteen arches is constructed of sandstone and was built in 1610 for approximately £15,000. Continue along the road as it runs onto Main Street and at the second bridge follow the road round to the left as it runs on to Blakewell Street. As the road takes you away from the river front TAKE THE SECOND LEFT down Union Park Road and cycle 200 yards to the roundabout at the end of the road (T).

At the roundabout TAKE THE FIRST EXIT along Pudding Lane which takes you across the bridge over the river. On the other side of the river continue straight up Pudding Lane to the roundabout (U)where you TURN RIGHT down to Marygate. The start/finish of your cycle ride.

In Berwick Upon Tweed you will find plenty of shops, cafes and bars for you to explore and enjoy after your long cycle ride.

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