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Walkable Walled Cities - Berwick on Tweed and Chester

Updated on November 19, 2011

A Warm Farwell From Chester

Berwick on Tweed

In our travels in Europe we have come upon many thriving walled cities. Some have been scary, some have been empty, some have been busy - all have been very intriguing.

However Berwick on Tweed is in a class of it’s own. It has a wall surrounding the city which is large enough to be a grassy promenade! Beautiful, lush walk with the ocean on one side and the river estuary on the other... complete with Swans a swimming.

It originally was a major defense point and thriving city harbor. It took us a little over a couple of hours to walk around the city... and was a fun way to exit England to Scotland.


Our starting point gave us great vantage to see the city
Our starting point gave us great vantage to see the city
And buildings from a cool perspective
And buildings from a cool perspective
Such an ornate bench... a full snake made out of rod iron.
Such an ornate bench... a full snake made out of rod iron.
The light and shadow in this old grave yard was incredible, it would be so suitable for an Ann Rice novel.
The light and shadow in this old grave yard was incredible, it would be so suitable for an Ann Rice novel.
Look closely in the middle, there is a house with a mow-able grass lawn roof.
Look closely in the middle, there is a house with a mow-able grass lawn roof.

Chester

Chester is on the other side of England. We stopped here after completing our tour of Scotland. It is an amazingly-stately-refurbished city which I believe was restored during the Victorian age to resemble that of King Edward the somebody’s time period. The buildings have been painted white with black wooden trim... and I also believe Chester must have been the first covered mall in existence as all the shops on the two floors have roof coverings, keeping you dry in all types of weather.

The walkable wall around the city was over 3 miles long... there is a river on one side, a canal and a racecourse on two of the other. We were sad that there were no races during the time we were there.

On the walk around the city you also went through a clock. A gift to the Queen.

Chester also had been originally a Roman city and had one of the largest amphitheaters and baths in England. The coolest artifacts we saw was in a place called Spuds U Like - In their basement they had original stone work for the Roman Bath's free to see and touch to all those who wandered down their stairs.

Sitting in front of the store were two very funny men... turned out they were Welsh and as Wales was our next stop, they had plenty to say... Grand Fellows.

Gary Tour Guide, First Stop Roman Gardens.

Let's go explore Chester 20 feet above the ground!
Let's go explore Chester 20 feet above the ground!
In the Roman Garden were actual stones used to build the baths, buildings, walls and roads.
In the Roman Garden were actual stones used to build the baths, buildings, walls and roads.
Just out in the open for the viewing and touching!
Just out in the open for the viewing and touching!

Second Stop, the City

Follow me
Follow me
through the winding path
through the winding path
upon the wall.
upon the wall.
The covered shopping streets.
The covered shopping streets.
The Queen's clock.
The Queen's clock.
Rain can't keep the shoppers away.
Rain can't keep the shoppers away.
Nor the town crier...
Nor the town crier...
Or balloon man.
Or balloon man.

Next Stop Canal boats, Race Course and Much Much More

Ok, read up, here is what you need to do if you are going to get through the locks.
Ok, read up, here is what you need to do if you are going to get through the locks.
Aren't they beautiful.
Aren't they beautiful.
At the race tracks they do where the amazing hats.
At the race tracks they do where the amazing hats.
The Queen.
The Queen.
What could be finer than a concert in the park.
What could be finer than a concert in the park.

Last Stop the Original Roman Baths!

Amazing.
Amazing.
Couldn't resist.
Couldn't resist.
Roman Baths are still a lot of fun.
Roman Baths are still a lot of fun.
Home, hope you enjoyed the tour - we sure did.  Bye.
Home, hope you enjoyed the tour - we sure did. Bye.

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    • GPSWorldTraveler profile imageAUTHOR

      GPSWorldTraveler 

      8 years ago from Washington State, USA

      That would be awesome Diane...when are you leaving? Where are you going to go?

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      Diane Tilstra 

      8 years ago

      Go Barb and Gary...it is so nice to travel with you...we will do the same when we are in Italy!

    • GPSWorldTraveler profile imageAUTHOR

      GPSWorldTraveler 

      8 years ago from Washington State, USA

      Thank you for reading and enjoying these stories on our travels. It is rewarding to hear your words.

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      Linda H. 

      8 years ago

      Love your travels and descriptions! So much fun! Thanks for sharing!

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      W R Haven 

      8 years ago

      A wonderful, unique, descriptive and fun hub. Great work!

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      jim g 

      8 years ago

      loving every post. thank you for doing it. keep having fun.

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