Autumnal Shropshire Cycle or Steam Weekend

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A day walk, or moderate road cycle will be on offer or you can visit the local attractions.

Join us for an autumnal weekend near the historic town of Bridgnorth and enjoy an Autumnal walk or road cycle (your choice) in and around and about the River Severn and in the rolling Shropshire countryside. Our walk (subject to train timetabling) will be a linear walk with a pint in the waiting room of one of the stations on the Severn Valley Railway, before catching the steam train back! Choo choo!

The cycle will be tailored according to ability of those attending, but Will is proposing a 70km trip across the Shropshire Hills to Ludlow for lunch and then cycling to Bewdley before catching a steam train to Bridgnorth and bimble back to the hostel.  There would be at least one compulsory cake stop and hopefully time for a beverage before returning to the hostel.  Possible route here: 

Once back for the evening, your hosts Will and Liam will be providing a warming dinner to build your strength back up before we settle into our cosy bunkhouse for the evening and chat to our fellow OutdoorLads. Bring your favourite board-games, though Monopoly is banned and so are 1980/1990 versions of Trivial Pursuit.

Our hostel is about 10 minutes south of the pretty town of Bridgnorth - once one of the busiest river ports in Europe.  Nowadays, the Severn, clear and unpolluted, is a quiet haven for anglers, walkers and wildlife.  The river divides the town into High Town and Low Town, the two being linked by seven sets of ancient donkey steps and a Victorian funicular, the Bridgnorth Cliff Railway. England's oldest and steepest inland electric funicular railway makes the journey at least 150 times a day. Walking in the beautiful Shropshire Hills is right on the doorstep, while the delights of Bridgnorth, the Severn Valley Railway and the industrial museums of the Ironbridge Gorge are only a short drive away, if you might prefer a steadier option. 

Bridgnorth is also the start of the Severn Valley Railway, which runs a regular service with classic steam locomotives, and we’ll get to see that in action on our walk for the day, which also features a pub stop!

The bunkhouse is a converted Tudor farmhouse on the Dudmaston Estate. Dudmaston House itself offers  wooded parkland and sweeping gardens with amazing vistas.

If you don't need to rush off on Sunday,  an activity and a pub lunch are likely to be on offer. 

Bedding: No bed linen is provided.  You will need to bring your own sleeping bag or duvet / sheet and pillow. 

Dogs: Unfortunately dogs are not permitted at Big Mose.

Image credits: Big Mose Bunkhouse Photos © National Trust used according to terms; LMS Ivatt Class 2MT 2-6-0 no. 46443 at Severn Valley Railway © Derek Barrett used under licence; Bridgnorth Castle Hill Railway © Hugh Llewellyn used under licence; High Town Bridgnorth Shropshire © Genesener1900 used under licence.

Big Mose Bunkhouse (c) National Trust
Severn Valley Railway
Bridgnorth Hill Railway
High Town Bridgnorth Shropshire (c) Genesener1900
Big Mose Bunkhouse (c) National Trust
Severn Valley Railway
Bridgnorth Hill Railway
High Town Bridgnorth Shropshire (c) Genesener1900


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