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Severn Valley Walk

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In early August, 16 of us went over to the pleasant Georgian town of Bewdley for a series of walks along the River Severn and through the Wyre Forest, returning via the Severn Valley Railway (SVR); there was a choice of three linear walks – 5 miles from Bewdley to Arley railway station, 7 miles to Highley station and 10 miles to Hampton Loade station.



The walks were organised by Phil and Judith who have both been volunteers on the SVR.  They were dedicated to Harry Scott, who has for many years been Footpath Secretary for the Staffordshire Area of Ramblers, but is soon to retire.  His tireless work has resulted in the saving and promototion of many paths, and we wish him well for the future.












Starting from the riverside car park, the group were soon walking through the historic streets of the market town with Phil explaining various aspects of the town to the rest of the group.
















We then walked along the left bank of the River Severn itself, where we came upon what remained of Dowles Bridge, which once carried the  railway track to Tenbury Wells and which was closed in 1964.








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 Leaving the river, we began to walk through the Wyre Forest and along the bank of the Dowles Brook, adjourning for a coffee/tea break at the National Trust-owned Knowles Mill.

















After this, the steepest part of the walk was at least part concreted.012


















 We had to negotiate a very elaborate stile in the Wyre Forest........  





















before taking the path down to Arley SVR railway station, where we stopped to have lunch (and to watch the trains go by). 











 Enjoying the occasion were our guests Larraine and Russell from Auckland, New Zealand, who were on a touring holiday of the UK.















Three of the group walked back to Bewdlley along the river, while the remaining 13 of us carried on to Highley (left), where 6 caught the train back to Bewdley, the rest continuing to Country Park Halt where we crossed the railway and continued along the Jack Mytton Way which runs high up on the west side of the Severn.











Finally we dropped down to Hampton Loade (right) where we had tea and cake and bought runner beans while waiting for the train back.













During the day, there was plenty of action on the SVR, with four engines in steam – nos. 43106, 34027 Taw Valley, 2857 - and 7802 Bradley Manor, which we saw whilst we were walking along the banks of the River Severn, passing the works at 'county boundary' designed to reinforce the embankment where it has slipped in the past.





(The header picture of Bewdley is courtesy of Terry Livesey and Bewdley Town Council)

Last Updated on Sunday, 17 September 2017 18:04  


Walking is Healthy

A recent study of 250,000 commuters showed that walking 6 miles a week is good for you, cutting the riskof cancer and heart disease. See BBC Health News

Walking Etiquette

At the recent AGM, different aspects of walking etiquette were raised by several people.  Just to make sure that things go smoothly in future and that we all look after each other:

1) Leaders – PLEASE don’t make walks significantly longer or harder than they are shown in the programme. If you don’t know how long or hard they are ask Phil to check them for you with Memory Map.

2) Leaders – When you stop to allow people at the back to catch up after a hard stretch PLEASE give those people a chance to rest before starting again.

3) PLEASE DON’T walk in front of the leader, unless you’ve asked first. The leader has to make sure that the slowest walkers are in sight, so can’t always go as fast as you’d like.

4) When you reach a turning point PLEASE make sure that you can see the people behind you and that they know where you’re going.  If possible the leader should post a ‘sentry’ to make sure everybody follows.

5) Similarly, when you pass through a gate in a field with animals in PLEASE DON’T leave it open, relying on people far behind to close it.  Wait, or post a sentry to look after it.

6) Finally, PLEASE be prepared to use your car when you go on the short walks.  The success of the scheme is going to rely on this.


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