Wyre Forest, River & Rail

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Lowland and Hill Walks
Sep 08
2018

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9 miles with one steep climb

This walk starts in beautiful Bewdley on the Shropshire-Worcestershire border - once an important medieval port on the river Severn that grew into an elegant Georgian town. It's well worth arriving early to have a look around the free museum and gardens or the riverside market.

From here we set off into the Wyre Forest, following a former railway through this ancient and nationally significant oak woodland. The route takes us past (and through) an old watermill, once one of many in the steep-sided valley of Dowles Brook supplying the local area. Once up the other side we'll cross the Elan aqueduct and take in the views of the Severn vale below before emerging from the forest at Arley, where we'll make a long stop to enjoy afternoon tea and the choo-choo trains.

Relaxed and refreshed, we will follow the path back along the river's eastern bank to Bewdley for a pint in one of several excellent pubs.

 

Getting there & parking

Bewdley's nearest mainline station is Kidderminster, which is served by regular trains from Birmingham Snow Hill (4 trains per hour) and Worcester (twice per hour). From there you can catch the half-hourly bus or take the Severn Valley Railway into Bewdley.

Parking in the town's pay & display car parks is unfortunately at a premium and will cost £6.60 for the day. Please do consider car sharing.

Bewdley bridge and town
Steam train at Arley
Arley station
View over the Severn valley at Arley
Severn valley at Bewdley
Steam train on Victoria bridge Bewdley
Bewdley bridge and town
Steam train at Arley
Arley station
View over the Severn valley at Arley
Severn valley at Bewdley
Steam train on Victoria bridge Bewdley

Location

52.373452076943, -2.3104496573669