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This is a City full of interest and activity. It has seen a renaissance
over the last decade and this new sense of pride can be seen on both
sides of the Tyne.
To the south is Wylam where the interest related to George Stephenson. He was brought up in this village and the Wylam waggon-way passed by his childhood home. This was also where the Puffing Billy was first run.
This is a good spot to look out for Lapwings, Golden Plover, Oystercatchers and Ringed Plover. The estuary also supports a wide variety of saltmarsh and dune plants such as the glasswort that provides vital habitats for the Natterjack Toad for whom Cumbria is a last strong hold.
The walker might also see the Haaf nets leaning against the walls of the cottages. These are traditional nets that are still used for fishing in shallow waters.
This is a game played annually in the streets of the town and is between the Uppies and the Doonies. It dates from before the Reformation and is supposed to recall the locals playing with the heads of slain enemies.
Ferniehurst Castle is close by and has been within the ownership of the Kerr's over a long period of time.
To the north is the Monteviot House and their gardens as well as the Harestanes Visitor Centre.
For the sports minded Melrose is know for Rugby at the Greenyards, fishing on the Tweed and walking, this being associated with short walks on the Eildon Hills or long distance routes such as St Cuthbert's Way and the Sir Walter Scott Way (Southern Upland Way).
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