The Lowry Trail

Based in the characterful town of Berwick-upon-Tweed, discover The Lowry Trail, an immersive experience of history and art, with interpretation boards showcasing the famous artist’s work along the way.

Featuring a delightful exploration of Berwick’s artistic heritage and significance, from the Elizabethan Walls to Berwick town, and across the river into Tweedmouth and Spittal, you’ll uncover the essence of this coastal town through Lowry’s artistic lens.

Experience the artistic legacy and hidden gems of Berwick-upon-Tweed as you delve into the world of one of the 20th century’s most celebrated artists.

Follow in the footsteps of L.S. Lowry and begin your artistic adventure today…

See the charming town of Berwick-upon-Tweed like never before through the eyes of the famed artist, L.S. Lowry, on the Lowry Trail.

Dive headfirst into the world of the iconic ‘matchstick men’ painter and retrace his footsteps as you explore the picturesque landscapes and architecture that inspired more than thirty of his sketches, drawings and paintings during his frequent holidays in the area.

Here are some of the prominent attractions you can expect to see along The Lowry Trail:

  1. The Matchstick Men Legacy: L.S. Lowry’s iconic ‘matchstick men’ paintings are celebrated worldwide, depicting industrial scenes and back-to-back terraced houses in Manchester and the North West. However, his lesser-known works capture the cobbled streets and seaside scenes of Berwick-upon-Tweed, revealing a different facet of his artistic talent.
  2. Historical Significance: Berwick has always been a popular holiday destination, and Lowry was drawn to its captivating architecture and its proximity to the sea. He stayed at the Castle Hotel near the railway station and created over twenty paintings and drawings of Berwick during his visits.
  3. Hidden Gems: The Lowry Trail offers a unique opportunity to explore the town’s hidden gems, some of which Lowry himself discovered during his holidays in Berwick. From the picturesque Elizabethan Walls to the heart of Berwick town, and across the River into Tweedmouth and Spittal, you’ll uncover the essence of this coastal town.
  4. Interpretation Boards: While many of Lowry’s paintings of Berwick are now in private collections or displayed in The Lowry Gallery in Salford, The Lowry Trail in Berwick provides an excellent alternative. Interpretation boards around the town feature superb reproductions of his work, allowing you to appreciate his artistic vision.

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  1. Starting Point – Berwick: Kickstart your route in Berwick, where Lowry first arrived by steam train in the 1930s; descend the station steps that lead you through the picturesque Castlevale and Coronation Parks, unveiling the scenic riverside.
  2. River Tweed: As you meander along the riverside path, savour captivating views of the River Tweed and its three iconic bridges, including Stevenson’s Royal Border Bridge.
  3. Dewar’s Lane: Stay close to the riverside until you reach Berwick’s Old Bridge – from here follow Bridge Street, which will lead you to Dewar’s Lane, marking the initial point on The Lowry Trail.
  4. Dockside Gallery: Make a stop at the Dockside Gallery, where you’ll encounter original artworks and have the opportunity to purchase gifts, cards and paintings.
  5. Spittal Exploration: Your journey will lead you to Spittal, a beautiful coastal destination. As you stroll along the promenade, enjoy the soothing views of the seam, just as Lowry did during his visits.
  6. Completion: Conclude your walk in the back streets, having taken a true step back in time and admired an impressive collection of artworks, before retracing your steps back to Berwick Train Station.
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