L. S. Lowry is one of the UK’s best loved artists, famous for his industrial scenes and ‘stick men’. It is less well-known that he had a great love for the North-East and was a regular visitor to the area. Lowry spent his holidays in Berwick-upon-Tweed, visiting frequently from the mid-1930's until the year before his death in 1976.
He used Berwick as a base from which to explore the area. He loved to walk round the town and spent days rambling the town walls and finding scenes to sketch in Berwick, Tweedmouth and Spittal.
As a visitor today, you can follow in the footsteps of this great artist, by following 'The Lowry Trail'. This excellent town trail (created and maintained by Berwick Preservation Trust) consists of 18 panels with Lowry's work reproduced on them. You can view the same scenes that Lowry enjoyed and compare today's landscape with Lowry's interpretation of Berwick.
The complete walk is approx 5-6 miles in distance (including Tweedmouth and Spittal), but can be split into two sections, with the highest concentration of panels being around the town walls. If you are unable to walk the full distance, you could do the Berwick section and then take a Perryman's bus across to Spittal to complete some more of the trail.
If you wish to find out more about L. S. Lowry and his Berwick works, there is a wonderful book by Edwin Bowes; 'Lowry in Berwick', on sale from Berwick Tourist Information Centre or Grieves Booksellers and Stationers, at a cost of £4.99.