It’s a common sight in many countries but in Britain it’s rare to see ice on a tidal river so close to the sea.  It’s thirty years since the River Tweed last froze like this, according to one local leaning on Berwick Bridge to watch the ice flows jostling through the narrow arches.


ice on the river tweed berwick


The ice had formed further upstream and was breaking up as it floated towards the sea.  The sound of ice creaking and breaking as it crashed into the bridge piers reminded me of descriptions of the arrival of spring in colder climates.  Here winter’s just settling in but the ice is unlikely to stay long.


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