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Severn Valley Country Park

   
Address : Alveley
Town/City : Bridgnorth
County : Shropshire
Country : England
Post code : WV15 6NG
Phone : 01746 781192
Web Site :  www.shropshire.gov.uk/outdoor-recreation/parks-and-countryside-sites/severn-valley-country-park

In the peaceful, scenic valley of the River Severn there awaits a delightful countryside experience.

 

 



Green Flag award-winning Severn Valley Country Park offers 126 acres of beautiful countryside and wonderful views, spanning both sides of the longest river in the country. The woodlands, ponds and meadows in the park are full of many species of plants and animals, some of them quite rare.

 

shrops-svcp4A fantastic day out for all the family.

Visitor Centre and shop selling maps, guidebooks, park souvenirs and locally made products
Teashop and picnic areas
Natural play area with a climbing frame and 'miniature Severn Valley'!
Waymarked trails to help you discover the hidden corners of the park
Easy Access Trail and fully accessible bird hide
Permanent orienteering trail with 3 levels of difficulty
Route 45 (part of the Sustrans national cycle network) passes through the park
Request stop for the Severn Valley Railway
Toilets, including disabled facilities and a baby change unit
Car parking at Alveley and Highley

The park acts as a gateway to the excellent footpath network through the woodlands & meadows of the Severn Valley, between Bridgnorth and Bewdley.

Bring a map, don your boots and discover an ancient sandstone cross, babbling brooks, historical ferries and a flash of azure blue as a kingfisher flies past.

 

Visitor Centre and Teashop

The park boasts a fantastic visitor centre with plenty of information about the history and wildlife of the area. There is also a kids corner with activities for younger people to enjoy while mum and dad relax with a well-earned cup of tea and a slice of delicious homemade cake.

The Visitor Centre and Teashop opening times are:
April- October Wednesday-Sunday 11am-5pm
November March Weekends Only 11am-4pm
It is open Bank Holidays (except Christmas Day and Boxing Day) and 7 days a week during the school holidays.

shrops-svcp2There is also a room that is used by visiting school parties who come along and enjoy pond-dipping, minibeast hunts and a range of other activities to enrich their education.

 

History of The Park

Now an oasis of peace and tranquillity, this part of the Severn Valley used to be a centre of industry. Sandstone quarried from the area was used to build part of Worcester Cathedral and would have been loaded onto trows (flat-bottom barges) on the river.

Coal mining started in Highley in 1878. Production was switched to Alveley in 1936. At its peak the mine employed 1,000 men and produced 300,000 tonnes of coal a year. It shut down in 1969. Following the closure of the mine, the spoil heaps and land lay derelict until 1986. Shropshire County Council and Bridgnorth District Council embarked on an ambitious project to reclaim the land, installing drainage ditches, re-grading the spoil heap and planting trees. Severn Valley Country Park opened in 1992 and is now managed by Shropshire Council.

 

Hall Close Coppice

This is our area of semi-natural ancient woodland. It is managed by coppicing small areas of hazel and alder and allowing them to re-grow. This encourages wildlife like the rare dormouse, a secretive little creature with a fluffy tail that lives in the trees.
Take a walk through the shady woodland in May and experience the sight and smell of a bluebell carpet.

 

Station Road Site

This site marks the location of the first mine shaft that was sunk in Highley. There is a pit wheel that was erected by the people of Highley in 1994 as a memorial to the brave, hard-working men who were at the core of this community.
An excellent footpath through the site leads down past the picnic area and pond and through the woodland to Highley Station. A great place to walk the dog and relax after work.

 

The River Severn

shrops-svcp3The riverside meadows are great places to see invertebrates including the rare club-tailed dragonfly. Wander through the orchard in Autumn and sample some of the local provenance apples that grow here. The bridge over the river was rebuilt in 2006. It is an excellent place to see bats hunting as the sun sets over the valley. The original bridge was built to take coal and miners across the river and was the first concrete cantilever bridge of its kind in the world.

 

The Sidings

The paths here were part of the original tramway route taking coal to be washed, graded and loaded onto trains. The ground has been made up into embankments. The woodland is dominated by trees such as silver birch and willow that have seeded. It is a good place to see woodland birds such as nuthatch, tree creeper, blue tit and great tit.

 

Easy Access Nature Trail and Wetland

This is a relatively flat trail that is suitable for wheelchairs and pushchairs. It leads round a beautiful pond with mallards, coots and moorhen bobbing amongst the lily pads. At the end of the trail is a bird hide that overlooks the wetland. The reeds are cut annually to create perfect conditions for wading birds such as water rail. A rare bittern (a small brown heron) has also visited the area!

 

Discover Spring Pieces

This is a quieter area of the park. It was not affected by the mining. The hay meadow here is a fantastic place to see wildflowers such as rare adder's tongue fern, orchids and yellow rattle.

Walk through the buttercups and see butterflies and bumblebees lazily flying around in the sunshine. Elfin Pool is a fantastic place to bring a net and go pond dipping. Look out for green woodpeckers flying around the meadows, feeding on yellow meadow ants.

 

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