The heart of the Severn Valley

The River Severn

The River Severn at 220 miles (354 km) long, is the longest river in Great Britain.

Famous for its tidal bore, it flows from its source in the Welsh Cambrian mountains, through Shropshire, Worcestershire and Gloucestershire, finally emptying into the Bristol Channel.

History aficionados are drawn to the river’s tales of trade and transport, embodied by the Severn Valley Railway. This iconic heritage steam railway parallels the river’s course, taking passengers on a nostalgic journey through time.

For outdoor enthusiasts, the River Severn presents opportunities for kayaking, canoeing and paddling, showing the valley from a unique perspective. Walks along the riverside are just as enticing – particularly for dogs and their humans – as there is a new experience for the senses around every meandering corner.

The Severn Bore, a natural phenomenon, is a captivating spectacle that draws enthusiasts from around the world. This tidal surge transforms the river into a thrilling wave, attracting surfers and spectators. Its occurrence is an awe-inspiring reminder of the river’s power.

Providing a haven of tranquillity, historical connections and opportunities for outdoor adventure, the river captivates locals and visitors, reminding us of the vital role it plays in shaping the region’s identity and nurturing its connection with nature.

Why not build a short break or a longer holiday around the River Severn and what it has to offer? There is an abundance of delightful places to stay, eat and drink in the area.

Things to do on the River Severn

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Water Sports

The longest river in Great Britain, the River Severn flows for 220 miles from source to mouth.
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