Ladykirk and Norham Bridge and the River Tweed
The Ladykirk and Norham bridge is situated just outside Norham village straddling the border between England and Scotland. The impressive stone bridge was completed in 1887 and replaces an earlier timber bridge linking Norham with the Scottish village of Ladykirk.
|Ladykirk and Norham Bridge|
|Approaching the Bridge from Ladykirk|
The majestic River Tweed runs peacefully under the bridge and past Norham village on its way from Coldstream to Berwick upon Tweed. To enjoy a riverside walk decend some steps on the left on the Norham side of the bridge approaching from Ladykirk. Passing a bench on your right the path takes you along the banks of the river before taking a right turn back into the village.
|River Tweed from Norham bridge|
On a hill above the village, overlooking the river sits the substantial remains of Norham Castle.
The castle was constructed in 1121 under the orders of the Bishop of Durham. Its purpose was to protect the bishopric in North Northumberland from the nearby Scots. Due to its proximity to the border the castle has had a turbulent history passing from English to Scottish control on many occasions.
During an invasion in 1138 the castle suffered substantial damage and remained derelict for several decades until it was rebuilt. By the end of the 16th century the castle was in a state of disrepair and was left to fall into ruin.
The impressive remains are open to the public ( April to September) to walk around and imagine the lives of many who have resided there.