Norham and Twizel Bridge – June 2024


Date: Saturday 22 June 2024
Start time: 10.00 am
Distance: 12.5 miles
Difficulty: Difficult (distance and some hills)

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Norham and Twizel Bridge

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Norham and Twizel Bridge is a figure of eight walk taking in the banks of the Tweed and the surrounding area.  It is a beautiful part of Northumberland and a very good walk.


Hills: General - AscentKey1-98x27 Some low hills
Distance: General - DistanceKey2-98x27 Long distance
Grade: General - GradeKey2-98x27 Difficult (distance)
Map: General - 339-KelsoColdstreamLowerTweedValley-Small
This walk is on OS map 339 Kelso,  Coldstream & Lower Tweed Valley. Click on map image to buy this map.
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The start

We start in Norham as there is plenty of street parking here.  From here we walk past the village green and then into the churchyard of St Cuthbert’s Parish Church.  At the back of the churchyard there is a path down to the river.  We will be walking by the river Tweed for the first part of the walk, before turning away from the river.

Towards Twizel Bridge

We will pass under the Ladykirk and Norham Bridge, on our way to Newbiggin Dean.  This bridge replaced an earlier timber bridge in the late 19th Century.  We will use a path up Newbiggin Dean on the way back but on the way out we will head along the river a little further and then inland across fields towards Tilmouth Farm.  On the way we pass across an old trackbed from the Tweedmouth to Kelso branch of the North Eastern Railway.  This closed in the 1960s but many associated buildings still remain.

Twizel Bridge and the River Till

Before long we arrive at Twizel Bridge.  This is the name of the small hamlet here but there is a Twizel Bridge and also a Twizel Castle.  We will visit both.  The castle was originally a medieval castle but what remains now is just the shell of an ancient folly.  The bridge however was built in 1511 and was a very important crossing point on the River Till, especially during the Anglo-Scottish wars.

From Twizel Bridge we descend down to the banks of the River Till and follow this downstream back to the Tweed.  Along the way we pass under a viaduct that was part of the railway mentioned earlier.  We will follow the path along the Tweed back to Newbiggin Dean, where we will turn away from the river again and walk up the Dean.  We again pass under another viaduct on the disused railway.

Newbiggin Dean and Norham Station

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At the top of Newbiggin Dean we take the road back towards Norham.  This passes the old Norham Station buildings.  This used to be a museum for the railway but closed a few years ago and is now a private residence but some remnants of the museum can still be seen outside.

Norham Castle

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Masons Arms

After the walk we will be visiting the Masons Arms for refreshments, they have a small selection of cakes available.

We look forward to seeing you there.

Julie and Martin x


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Nearest postcode: TD15 2LR
OS Grid Reference: NT 90155 47420
What3words: ///stone.access.bridge
Toilets: There are no public toilets near Norham. The nearest are in Cornhill on Tweed and Berwick.
Parking: Street parking is plentiful and free in Norham.