From Ditch to Bastion Tour

Berwick-upon-Tweed, Northumberland, TD15 1LY

"I must admit the new wall is marvellous beautiful", was an opinion voiced to Queen Elizabeth about the bastioned fortifications in 1568.... before condemning them as badly designed and a waste of money!

In this, the most northerly Heritage Open Days event, Jim Herbert takes you on a journey amongst the northern mediaeval defences of Berwick that actually saw some action in the Anglo-Scottish wars and bear witness to the changes in technology from the earliest ditch defence to the 16th century bastions. The tour takes in Spades Mire, Bell Tower and Lord's Mount. Enjoy this walk this year from the comfort of your own home and any part of the world!

Event Times

Friday 17 September: 12:00 and 16:00

Booking Details

Pre-booking: Required
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Booking opens: 9 August 2021 09:00
Booking closes: 17 September 2021 09:00


A few steps. Some uneven ground. Please wear sensible footwear. Not suitable for wheelchair users.

Video Tour: There is a video tour available if you cannot make the in-person event:

COVID-19 Considerations: This event will run in line with local & national government guidelines at the time of the festival.

Additional Information

Filmed walk lasts about 40 minutes If following the walk yourself, start at the entrance to Berwick Holiday Camp.

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Berwick Heritage Open Days

About the author 

Jim Herbert

Jim Herbert worked at Berwick Museum and Art Gallery for over twenty years. He now writes blog posts for Berwick Time Lines, conducts guided tours around Berwick and gives talks. He finds all periods of the Berwick’s history fascinating but his great love is Berwick Castle and the medieval walls which he has studied meticulously for many years.