Colin Crosby Heritage Tours

Severn Valley Towns and Railway

I went on a Coach Trip recently with Woods Coaches, the company from whom I hire coaches for my own excursions.

This time it was to some towns on the River Severn, together with a ride on the Severn Valley Railway.

We stopped in the morning at Hopwood Park Services, where I was able to fill myself up with a cooked breakfast. While there, I chatted with a coach driver who was en route from Devon to Scarborough.

After some hold ups on the road, our first proper stop was at Bridgnorth, the fascinating town on two levels. I had a ride, both ways, on the Cliff Railway, and visited both the churches, as well as the crazy leaning remains of Bridgnorth Castle.

Then it was time to board the train at Bridgnorth Station. The splendid Severn Valley Railway is one of the most successful steam railways in the land, chugging as it does through some very pretty countryside.

The train took us to the terminus at the other end, which is Kidderminster.

From there we made the short coach journey to Bewdley, the very pretty riverside town with a bridge by Thomas Telford.

I visited the excellent Bewdley Museum, and the Georgian St. Anne's Church.

As always, it was a good day, which I enjoyed as much as everybody else.