2004 has seen a replacement ferry for foot passengers and cyclists to get across the River Severn at Hamton Loade.
There has been a ferry here since the 16th century. The new ferry replaces one which was 35 years old. It has been built at Ironbridge (up stream on the River Severn) using very traditional materials and methods and has cost about GBP17000. It is built mainly of oak and is 20 feet long and 9 feet wide and takes upto 12 passengers at a time.
Orginally the ferry crossing was used by farm and forge workers. Now it is quite useful to get from the Severn Valley Railway Station at Hampton Loade to the National Trust stately house at Dudmaston.
The photo was taken by my Severn Valley Railway friend Paul Pearson.
There is a long distance footpath going alongside the River Severn which devides the parish of Hampton into two - East and West of the River. This is "The Severn Way" and is waymarked along the whole of its length. It goes more or less alongside the River Severn from its source in Mid Wales to the Bristol Channel where the river enters the sea. It is the longest riverside walk in Britain (it is 356km, or 221 miles long). It goes along the west bank of the river coming from Bridgenorth in the north and going on to Arley and Bewdley in the south. My photograph is from a colleague, Paul Pearson, on the Severn Valley Railway.
2 Lion Gate, Hampton Court Road, Hampton, KT8 9DD,
This pub is like hundreds all over England. It's frequented by fishermen and walkers in the summer and railwaymen in the winter.
Twice when we have gone for this annual meal it has been snowing on the day before the meal. We all sign on at our respect bases and then travel to the Unicorn by steam train and then we all catch our respective last train of the day - the one going north to Bridgnorth whilst we catch the one going south to Bewdley.
Sorry about the clipped top right corner of the photo - I forgot to check that the camera shutters were open properly before I took the photo.
Favorite Dish: The Permanent Way Department of the Severn Valley Railway have had their annual Christmas Dinner here for a number of years. Our dinner was a choice of starter, main course, dessert and coffee for GBP10.00 in 2005. It was GBP9 in 2003.