Berwick-upon-Tweed is an ideal base for stopping off if you’re taking the long train ride up the east coast from London to Edinburgh and beyond: the station is conveniently located close to the centre of town, while Berwick itself and the coast and countryside close by offer countless delightful walks. I especially recommend Bridge View, in which I’ve stayed regularly over about ten years, for people travelling solo, perhaps on business (although it’s perfectly fine for couples and families too). Staying in hotels can be isolating if you’re on your own, but Lynda and Jack are very friendly and Lynda is a mine of information about the Borders and Berwick, especially their history. I’ve only ever stayed in the larger room (there is also a single room, which I haven’t seen); the larger room (containing a double and a single bed) is comfortable, with plenty of drawers and surfaces for belongings and a window with views across to the famous railway bridge which spans the Tweed. Breakfasts here are always ample. Do try Lynda’s home-made jam!