Back from Berwick

The third St Andrews girls (“ladies” now, surely) weekend get together, organised by Daina and Penny, took us north to Berwick upon Tweed – a town I’ve travelled through many times on the train without alighting.

We lunched in style on the fast Friday train from Kings Cross, arriving in Berwick around 5pm. A taxi hop back to Spittal, where we eventually tracked down Coastal Views cottage (which also comes with a view of the East Coast Main Line) – and savoured a stunning sunset. With arrivals accumulating through the course of the evening, we indulged in Gins & Tonics and nibbles before the now-traditional haggis, tatties and neaps, followed by apple crumble, and lots of catching up.

Saturday dawned overcast, so after continental breakfast we walked along Spittal beach, Dock Road and across the Old Bridge into Berwick. A pottering morning, exploring the town and stocking up on the few bits not delivered by Tesco’s, before walking back to base as blue skies ousted the grey.

After a mid afternoon lunch, Laura, Penny, Laura, Roopa and I strolled down the coastal path towards Lindisfarne; we caught a glimpse before turning back. Glorious late afternoon/early evening light.

DIY Indian feast for dinner, and an early night for some.

Sunday morning brought rain and then snow (!) … so after a Hazel coordinated Full English Breakfast, we relaxed with newspapers, DVDs, and chat until the skies started to clear, just in time to squeeze in another stroll south from Spittal along the coastal path.

Catching the 17:11 from Berwick, we were back in London just before 9pm, having dined on leftovers on the journey south.

A lovely weekend.

Photos: Berwick upon Tweed, March 2012