Did you mean?Try your search again
It`s Bank Holiday Monday and the sun is shining believe it or not.!! We decicded to take a trip to the Seven Valley Railway. From the minute you walk into the station concourse, it`s pure period style nostalgia, luggage carts stacked up with huge trunks, the station emporium, gift shop, cafe and museum full of fascinating railway memorabilla, theres also a minature railway for younger children.
The 16 mile trip to Bridgenorth on this wonderful steam powered train, corridor carriages that lead to our first class carriage, lamps on the table, curtains at the window, and pull down blinds at the door, very comfy seating.
There is a dining carriage for which you have to pre-book for your three course meal at very reasonable rates
We departed from Kiddiminster stopping at Bewdley, Arley, Highley, Hampton Loade, and finally Bridgenorth.
You can get off at anytime of the station to have a look around, then catch a later train to continue your journey at no extra cost
The cost was £15 per adult and £1 for children. Some may feel that is a little steep, but when you see how much hard work is entered into keeping these marvollous Loco`s in prestigious condition, and the Station itself is all maintained by a 200 strong enthusiatic and dedicated volunteers.
A must for all Railway enthusiast or just a wonderful day out..
Written Sep 7, 2011
Address: The Railway Station Bewdley DY12 1BG
Phone: 01299 403816
Go and spend time on the 16 mile long Severn Valley Steam Railway. This is run and maintained by volunteers. This photo is of platform 1 at Bewdley Station with a train waiting to go north along the single track line to Bridgnorth, (it was taken on one of the special all night running day). I spend quite a lot of time here most Saturdays where I work maintaining the track as a volunteer foreman. Quite a change from my old office job. The gang I belong to looks after the southern 8 mile section of the line from Kiddermister to Arley.
Trains can be boarded at Kidderminster (the station to the south on the line) or at Arley which is the next station along the line going north.
Allow at least half a day if not the whole day if you are going on a train. If you do go on the train go towards Bridgnorth if you are starting from Bewdley.
Updated Apr 23, 2010
Address: off the Stourport Road
Okay, I'm going to kind of cheat here. I already have a tip about the Severn Valley Railway on my Bridgnorth page but as the trains also run through here and it's a popular station then I'm going to repeat it. In fact people may look at Bewdley and never look at Bridgnorth so they'd never know.
People come from all over the country to visit the SVR - one of the longest steam railways in Britain. The platforms in Bridgnorth, Bewdley & Kiddermister are a hive of activity throughout the summer months. At certain times they also run "specials" like a Thomas the Tank Engine weekend and a Santa Special. The railway is run by enthusiastic volunteers and benefactors so all the revenue from tourism is greatly received.
Updated Sep 19, 2009
Phone: 01299 403816
The Wyre Forest is a large dense mixed woodland covering 10's of square miles. About 2 miles out of Bewdley there is a visitor centre. From there, there are 3 or 4 different waymarked walks, all fairly easy. There are several marked off-road mountain-bike cycle trails and a number of horse treking routes.
Updated Jan 2, 2006
Address: Far Forest off Ludlow/Tenbury road
The estate of a former country house (Spring Grove) is now a Safari Park. It consists of 2 parts. A magnificent parkland given over to wild animals in extremely large enclosures that you drive through. The other part consists of an amusement park area.
March 2003 A new wild wolf pack has been moved into the park.
April 2004 A Pride of White Lions is now out of quarantine and have settled into a three acre drive through area with a network of pools and a waterfall.
April 2005 The Safari Park has a herd of 7 White Rhinos and they are anticipating 2 new baby rhinos this year. The herd is the second biggest in the country and includes a mature male, two juvenile males and four breeding females.
25th May 2005 a baby Bactrian Camel was born at the Safari Park.
Updated Jun 21, 2005
Address: Kidderminster Road
July 2004 Two White Bengal Tiger cubs have been born at the Safari Park. On 24 July they were released into their paddock and can now be seen by the public. I noticed that huge crowds were attracted to the Safari Park on the 24th and it looked as if driving through the Park on that day would take quite a time.
Jan 2005 Four cubs were born in 2004 - Scooby, Pluto, Dusty and Smudge.
March 2005 Four more cubs - 1 female and 3 males - have just made their debut according to a local newspaer making the total number of White Bengal Tigers to 10, the largest group in the UK. There are only 150 in the world and none in the wild.
Updated Mar 31, 2005
Address: Spring Grove, Bewdley
Carol used to like going to The George for a cappuccino after her yoga on a Wednesday but the George has now (2009) become part of the Wetherspoons and I don't know whether the old coffee room remains.
Updated May 5, 2010
Address: Load Street
Over the last few years a Farmers Market movement has become well established throughout England. Local artisan farmers and producers bring their wares and sell them direct to the public. The Bewdley Farmers Market is held on the 4th Sunday each month. My photo shows Clare from Detton Meats. She and Arthur, her husband, rear their own beef and lamb and bring some to sell each month, They go to Bewdley, Kidderminster and Stourbridge farmers markets.
The rules are that the local producers must come from a radius of 30 miles and produce the goods themselves. If a producer has a unique product s/he can travel up to 50 miles.
Updated Sep 9, 2005
On the 4th Sunday in July is the annual rowing regatta held on the River Severn. It is based on the rowing club headquarters on the east bank of the river. Unless you are a participant it is best viewed off the bridge or from Severnside North.
Updated Jul 14, 2004
Favorite thing: In February 1894, six young men met in Birmingham, at the Labour Church in Constitution Hill. Here they discussed how they might "combine the pleasures of cycling with the propaganda of Socialism". They formed the Socialists' Cycling Club, a name which at the second meeting was changed to the Clarion Cycling Club, after their favourite weekly paper. They also invited the Bounder (E.F. Ray) to be their president. One of their very first outings saw the club go by train to Wolverhampton and cycle from there to Bewdley where they stayed overnight. From there they cycled down the Severn Valley to Stourport, Ombersley and to Worcester where I think they probably caught the train back to Birmingham.
Tom Groom, who called the original Birmingham meeting, speaking at the meet:
"We are not neglectful of our Socialism, the frequent contrasts a cyclist gets between the beauties of nature and the dirty squalor of towns make him more anxious than ever to abolish the present system. To get healthy exercise is not necessarily to be selfish. To attend to the social side of our work is not necessarily to neglect the more serious part. To spread good fellowship is the most important work of Clarion Cycling Clubs. Then, perhaps, the 'One Socialist Party' would be more possible and we should get less of those squabbles among Socialists which make me doubt whether they understand even the first part of their name."
2008 The Clarion Cylce Clubs still exist as a loose federation of clubs across the country, but I think the old political idealism and the ideas of spreading the gospel of socialism has gone.
Updated Mar 13, 2008