Berwick Coastwatch

About Berwick Coastwatch

The lookout was built in 1964 by HM Coastguard to be used as a bad weather lookout as a supplement to the Coastguard Station on Pier Road.

Around 1968 due to cutbacks in the Coastguard Service, there was not enough manpower to run the lookout and it was mothballed and never used again. It soon had to be boarded up due to vandalism. When the last full time Coastguard left Berwick and the station was closed, the lookout was taken over as a store by Magdalene Field Golf Course.

In 2003, Leslie and Moi Wooler came to Berwick and saw the lookout. As they had been involved in running similar lookouts in Happisburgh, the Isle of Wight and Robin Hood's Bay, they decided it would be a good idea to re-open it. In May 2003 Berwick Coastwatch was founded and possession of the lookout handed over to the organisation.

Before renovation of the tower could start some five trailer loads of rubbish had to be removed from the site. Major refurbishment was undertaken, largely by a small group of volunteers and in November 2003 the lookout opened for the first time in over 30 years.

The lookout tower is manned by a small team of volunteer watchkeepers at weekends and currently one day during the week.

Berwick Coastwatch is an independent non profit making organisation. 

Registered Charity Number 1101331

New volunteers are always welcome, if you are interested in joining us come along to the tower on Saturday or Sunday mornings and meet some of the team.

Berwick Coastwatch Office, 12a Bridge Street, Berwick-upon-Tweed, Northumberland. TD15 1AQ.

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