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England or Scotland?

We moved to Berwick-upon-Tweed in 1990 from the south of England. We drove the the 400 miles with 2 children and 3 dogs whingeing and looking miserable, that was just the children, and as we passed by the outskirts of Newcastle being asked "Is this all there is, fields?" 14 years on and sadly the dogs have died but the children have grown up and moved on and have places of their own. I'm happy to say that after many cries of "I'm going back south as soon as I can" they have both settled in Berwick-upon-Tweed and now appreciate all the things that we do. Being by the coast the air is cleaner and fresher even if it is a few degrees chillier than the south. There is less traffic and Northumberland being the least populated county in Britain means we have lots of lovely wide open spaces of countryside and here in North Northumberland it feels quite rural but with out being stuck out in the sticks. The pace of life is definitely slower,very noticeable after a trip to London or big town in the south. There is quite a mix of English and Scots here which isn't suprising as Berwick is the most northerly town in England and you can practically walk across the border into Scotland. Over the years Berwick has been under Scottish rule and the debate goes on as to whether we are part of England or Scotland. I am just happy to live here regardless of which country it comes under.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Town not spoilt by tourism, nice walks along river Tweed and Ramparts, good base to explore Cheviots and surrounding area, 58 miles to Edinburgh.
  • Cons:Limited facilities, shops and not many places open in the evening to eat.
  • In a nutshell:"A town full of history"
  • Intro Updated Nov 4, 2004
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  • MikeStarr5's Profile Photo
    Nov 28, 2007 at 8:59 AM

    Excellent pics and well-written, informative 5 star tips - Well Done - MikeStarr5 in sunny "Barking Town", London - Particularly liked the language tips !

  • stevezero's Profile Photo
    May 14, 2006 at 10:34 AM

    We visit the town quite often. Nice to see an inside perspective.

  • MURRA's Profile Photo
    Dec 10, 2004 at 5:03 AM

    not far from lake country

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