Walking Worcestershire Self Catering Cottages Holiday UK, Bewdley And Wyre Forest Walks, Cottages Holiday England
Walking Worcestershire Self Catering Cottages Holiday UK, Bewdley And Wyre Forest Walks, Cottages Holiday England was an 8 miles day walk around Bewdley.
It was undertaken on day 1 of a Worcestershire cottage holiday in the River Severn and Wyre Forest with Anne my partner in the month of June 2011.
We walked from our self catering holiday cottage in Bewdley to Bewdley Bridge on Load Street which was the starting location for the day walk.
If you travel by car, there is a pay and display car park within the town.
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Cottages Holiday UK – Bewdley & Wyre Forest Video
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Cottages Holiday UK – Bewdley & Wyre Forest Info
Bewdley is an attractive Georgian town which lies on the River Severn in the Severn Valley in northern Worcestershire.
Leland, an antiquarian from the sixteenth century described Bewdley as a “most delightful town, whom Wyre’s tall oaks with lofty leafage crown”.
Being a Georgian town, Bewdley has several seventeenth and eighteenth century houses.
There is also St Anne’s Church, most of which dates back to the eighteenth century.
Then there is the stylish Bewdley Bridge at the end of Load Street, constructed by Thomas Telford to span the River Severn.
The Severn Valley Steam Railway has its headquarters in Bewdley and of course the trains also call in at Bewdley station.
Amongst many other attractions Bewldey has an entry free museum based in the Guildhall next to the Tourist Information Centre.
The Wyre Forest surrounds Bewdley town with several public footpaths and cycle routes passing through the well-preserved woodlands.
Wyre Forest was a medieval royal hunting ground which previously extended across a large area of the counties of Shropshire and Worcestershire between Bridgnorth and Worcester. Wyre Forest is much smaller than it used to be and even though it consists partly of conifer plantations, there are still many areas of wonderful deciduous woodlands. The forest covers an extensive area of around 6,000 acres with about 2800 acres being managed by the Forestry Commission. It remains one of Britain’s biggest ancient woodlands with Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) designation being given to much of the area.
Built in 1798 by Thomas Telford, Bewdley Bridge spans the River Severn at the end of Load Street. It replaced the previous bridge which was destroyed by floods, as were bridges prior to that. It is made from stone and has three main arches that span the river with smaller flood arches on each bank.
St Anne’s Church
Located at the top of Load Street at the junction with High Street in Bewdley town centre is the impressive Georgian St Anne’s Parish Church. The current day church building has been a focal point for worshiping since 1748. Its tower dates back another 50 years and there are also records of a church being located on the site as far back as the mid-1400s.
Load Street is the main road through Bewdley and gets its name from the old word “lode”, meaning “ferry”. The street is quite wide, as it used to function as the market place for the town. Most of the shops and facilities of Bewdley are located on this street.
Severn Side North
A wonderful view from Bewdley Bridge is that of Severn Side North, the former quayside on the western side of the River Severn. This splendid Georgian quayside indicates how importance Bewdley used to be as an inland port, until the canal and railway competition took over trade. The quayside has been improved a great deal over the last few decades.
In respect of water flow the River Severn is the biggest in England and Wales. During winter, the River Severn repeatedly burst its banks near Bewdley and flooded many buildings. After floods in 2000, flood defences plans were developed for the bank on the western side of the river with construction completed in 2006.
At 220 miles long, the River Severn is the longest river British river. However, in terms of the British Isles it is second to the River Shannon in Ireland. It rises at 610 metres in Powys in the mid Wales Cambrian Mountains and passes through the counties of Shropshire, Worcestershire and Gloucestershire.
Shrewsbury, Worcester, and also Gloucester are all county towns which lie on the River Severn banks. After the Second Severn Crossing, where the M4 motorway crosses the river, it becomes the Severn Estuary and discharges into the Bristol Channel and on to the Atlantic Ocean via the Celtic Sea.
The Worcestershire Way is a 31 miles long waymarked, long distance trail solely within Worcestershire between Bewdley and Great Malvern.
Dowles Brook flows through the middle of Wyre Forest in a general west to east direction. It lies in a delightful, narrow, steep-sided and thickly wooded valley which cuts through the plateau of the Wyre Forest.
Knowles Mill lies on Dowles Brook in ancient woodland within Wyre Forest called Knowles Coppice, and is one of a number of watermills that once occupied the valley.
St Leonard’s Church In Ribbesford
In 1877, St Leonard’s Church at Ribbesford was mostly rebuilt after being struck by lightning. However, it retains several Norman features together with an unusual timber arcade which dates back to a rebuilding in the fifteenth century. Located approximately one mile to the south of Bewdley, the church lies within a three acre churchyard near to Ribbesford Manor House. Access by car is along an striking avenue of horse chestnut trees about a half mile long.
The “Coffin Route” is the route along which the dead were carried from Bewdley church for burial at St Leonard’s Church in Ribbesford.