GUIDE TO THE RIVER SEVERN

(Bridgnorth to Bewdley)

NAME OF RIVER: Severn.

WHERE IS IT?: Shropshire. This is a short stretch of the longest river in Britain.

PUT-INS/ TAKE-OUTS: Access to the river is easiest at the large park upstream river left of Bridgnorth town centre (Off Telford road). There is the possibility of using the Severn Valley Railway for returning car drivers between Bewdley and intermediate stations to Bridgnorth. (This is a preserved steam railway, and the guards really enjoy the opportunity to take boats in the guards van!).

APPROX LENGTH: 15 miles.

TIME NEEDED: 3-4 hours?

ACCESS HASSLES: Right of navigation?

WATER LEVEL INDICATORS: Can be paddled at all levels.

GRADING: Grade 1...riffly rapids or flat.

MAJOR HAZARDS/ FALLS: None.

GENERAL DESCRIPTION: In summer a lovely trip down the River Severn (Grade I in a few places) can be had from Bridgnorth to Bewdley.

OTHER NOTES: The section above is also pleasant. Anyone paddled other sections of the river and willing to write a guide?

Jim Thornton (April 2004)...'I have put together an itinerary for the Severn.'

Also, take a look at this.

CONTRIBUTED BY: Steve Kirby (Birmingham University and Cambridge University Canoe Clubs), also Jim Thornton.

 

 

Community Forum Comments on this Article
River Severn levels -- Dave B
2008 Oct 08 02:37:34 PM
Its very high , fast and running brown. The barriers are not up at Bewdley, though its 1' to 2' below the top of the quay. Trimpley will be washed out.
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