The Union Chain Bridge crosses the River Tweed, linking two extra-ordinarily beautiful parts of the United Kingdom: Northumberland and Berwickshire. The UCB project will allow visitors to enjoy the natural surroundings of Captain Brown’s engineering triumph, with a set of suggested walks in the local area that can be undertaken independently, or, when circumstances allow, with a guide. We recognise that footpaths aren’t appropriate for everyone, so we will be working with Age Scotland, Age UK Northumberland , Eyemouth Early Years Centre, Berwick Children’s Centre and other groups to organise accessible days out at the bridge and its neighbouring attractions, Paxton House and Chain Bridge Honey Farm.
Opportunities for young people include close collaboration with local Girl Guiding divisions, Connect Berwickshire and Berwick Youth Project. We will also work with further and higher education institutions such as the universities of Heriot-Watt, Edinburgh Napier and Newcastle, Borders College and Northumberland College.
The project team will be out and about in the local community, running events such as our family activities, taking part in local events and working with groups such as Men’s Sheds and Horncliffe Hookers, heritage groups such as Hawick Heritage Hub and Berwick Record Office, and H.M.P Northumberland amongst many others. Please don’t hesitate to get in touch via our Contacts page if you are a member of a group who would like to get involved, or know of an event we ought to attend. There are plenty of opportunities to get involved in the project, and you can find out more about that at our Volunteers page.