Nestled on the north-east coast, Berwick is a picturesque town where the River Tweed reaches the end of its long meandering journey and flows into the North Sea.
A town full of history, Berwick, like the rest of the region, was once besieged by war. This turbulent past is evident throughout the town, with the most prominent feature being the Elizabethan walls, arguably the finest surviving walls of their date in Europe. While the Walls are a large focal point of the town, the three bridges spanning the Tweed from Tweedmouth into Berwick make for a unforgettable entrance to the town. Dating between the oldest of 1625 and the newest of 1927- once the route of the main A1 into Scotland.
A few miles over the border into Scotland, at St.Abbes head - a haven for birds in the summer months - deep caves that adorn the beaten coast line were also the hide-outs of infamous smugglers who would often rely on the caves as a safe storage for their illicit goods coming in from the continent - and it is said many still remain waiting to be found.
From these caves one can look upon the Firth of Forth and the Scottish capital of Edinburgh. Walking the old town streets of this castled city will reveal some hidden gems. At the top of the royal mile stands Edinburgh Castle, an impregnable castle perched upon Castle Rock, from which the entire city can be seen.
The journey into Scotland may be a little closer than the next nearest town in England yet there is plenty scope for exploration to the south into the dramatic county of Northumberland. Lindisfarne - known locally as Holy Island - is a unique village only accessible via a causeway that lies beneath the sea at high tide, becoming apparent when the waters recede each day. An Island of religious importance-helping to establish Christianity in Britain, Lindisfarne contains the remains of a monastery dating from 635 and a castle that stands upon the highest point of the island.
Away from the coast, and some thirty miles to the south, the market town of Alnwick shows signs of a rich heritage and a spectacular recent visitor attraction in the shape of The Alnwick Garden - a £14m project kick-started by her Grace, the Duchess of Northumberland which spans a 12 acre area site that is filled with exuberant colours, dancing water and now Europe's largest wooden tree house.
Joining the south bound A1 at Alnwick will lead to the vibrant and cultured city of Newcastle upon Tyne, only an hours drive from Berwick. With its famous bridges, new modern developments such as the Sage Centre for music and old town architecture, Newcastle is considered an outstanding city of culture as well as providing a great day out.
This part of England is unique in all meanings of the word. From its historic border location, to the mixed dialect of the local inhabitants and its former political power of being granted unique permissions to ignore parliamentary decisions made in the capital, all show that Berwick was and still is considered a valued town of the British isles, a town that will leave you with wonderful memories.