The Arley Arboretum is one of the oldest in the UK dating back to the early 19th Century when the gardens of the Arley Estate were planted. There are now around 300 species of trees and shrubs in the gardens and a lot of wildlife. There is also an Italian Garden with decorative pools and a collection of ornamental ducks.
You can purchase plants in the nursery and there are also tea rooms for refreshment.
Open March to November, Wednesday to Sunday, entry fee £5.00, car parking available.
One of the "Must See Activities" for Bewdley was the The Far Forest Visitor Centre, which is about 2 miles out of Bewdley. Hawkbatch is a much less grand affair and is about 3 miles out of Bewdley. The Wyre Forest is a large dense mixed woodland covering 10's of square miles. From the Hawkbatch car park, there are 2 different waymarked walks, both easy. Check of the map/notice board and if there is no tree felling in progress take the red walk. this takes you to 1/2 viewing points over the Severn Valley. On the second there are fine views way out over the Severn-Trent Water Treatment Works at Trimpley; the Severn Valley Railway and Upper Arley Village on the other side of the River in the distance. I found it hard to belive that the whole of this walk was in Upper Arley, but I have checked and it is.
The Harbour Inn is reputedly the only pub left in Arley itself and it can be seen from the Severn Valley Railway station as you look out across the fields to the village. It’s a nice old pub with low ceilings, old prints on the walls and some nasty looking animal traps hanging from the ceiling. There are a couple of armchairs in a cosy snug next to an old fireplace above which is a display of polished pre-decimalisation coins. It has a family room with a restaurant and a large beer garden with sheep roaming nearby. The pub serves two real ales and a real cider. If you are visiting Arley by train then I recommend you leave for the station a bit earlier and drop in for a pint.
Arley is one of the stops on the 16 mile route of the Severn Valley Railway whose volunteers run restored steam trains throughout most of the Summer. In 2007 there was major damage to the track caused by landslips as a result of exceptionally high rainfall in June and July, however as of May 08 everything is now up and running again.
The views from the picnic area at Arley Station across the fields to the village are quite spectacular and it’s only a short walk down to the river. The station itself has also been lovingly restored to reflect times gone by with pride of place going to the large signal box.
Trains operate most days from May to September with weekend and occasional themed day services running at other times.