Severn Way

Severn Way

Shadow the River Severn from its source at Plynlimon in Mid-Wales to its end at Severn Beach in England.

4 to 19 nights
29-216 miles
Moderate to Strenuous

From £495 per person

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About the trail

From the wild Cambrian Mountains flows the longest river in Britain: the Severn. For years it supported industrial revolution in Shropshire, Worcestershire and Gloucestershire, leaving rural wharves and busy inns dotted along its length. These make it an accessible – and these days far more peaceful – setting for a relaxing, largely downhill walk that culminates in a meander along the sandy shores of the Severn Beach.

With the powerful Severn Bore sweeping along the broader sections of the river, the Severn Way provides a unique look into a beautiful force of nature, and all it has provided for the people who live along it.

We offer multiple holiday options along this trail. If you wish to experience the entire trail, simply select the first option from the list below.

Choose your route

  • Severn Way
  • Severn Way - South Section
  • Severn Way - North Section
  • Severn Way Short Break - South Section
  • Severn Way Short Break - North Section

About this route

8 to 12 nights
113 miles
Moderate to Demanding / Strenuous
2nd January to 24th December

From £980 per person

Severn Way - South Section

This shortened version of the Severn Way samples only the English portion of the route. The river is a huge, broad presence throughout, offering glimpses of the restored locomotives of the Severn Valley Railway and leading on past reservoirs, stately homes, and ornate towns complete with vast docks and grand cathedrals.

Interspersing riversides with canal walks, this low-level route offers the perfect waterside ramble.

Available tours

Code Tour Duration Difficulty Price per person
SEVWS1 From Bridgnorth to Severn Beach/Bristol 8 nights, 7 days walking Demanding / Strenuous £980
SEVWS2 From Bridgnorth to Severn Beach/Bristol 10 nights, 9 days walking Moderate / Demanding £1215
SEVWS3 From Bridgnorth to Severn Beach/Bristol 12 nights, 11 days walking Moderate £1455

Short breaks

Code Tour Duration Difficulty Price per person
SEVWSBS From Worcester to Gloucester 4 nights, 3 days walking Moderate £495

Severn Way - South Section 8 nights, 7 days walking

£NNN per person
  • Itinerary
  • What's included?
  • Extra nights?
  • Tour facts
  • Route profile
  • Travel info
  • Weather
  • Holiday Highlights

Important information

After your final day's walk to Severn Beach you will need to catch a train from Severn Beach station to Bristol Temple Mead station, a journey time of around 40 minutes. Your last night's accommodation will be within walking distance of Bristol station. The train fare is not included in the tour price but is minimal. See www.thetrainline.com for schedules and ticket prices.

Start

Travel to Bridgnorth where your first night's accommodation will be booked

Day 1

Bridgnorth to Bewdley. 14.5 miles (23km)

Day 2

Bewdley to Worcester. 16.5 miles (26.5km)

Day 3

Worcester to Tewkesbury. 19 miles (30.5km)

Day 4

Tewkesbury to Gloucester. 13.5 miles (21.5km)

Day 5

Gloucester to Upper Framilode(L). 13 miles (21km)

Day 6

Upper Framilode(L) to Berkeley(L). 20.5 miles (32.5km)

Day 7

Berkeley(L) to Severn Beach/Bristol. 15.5 miles (25km)

Finish

Depart from Severn Beach/Bristol after breakfast

Your Itinerary

This itinerary lists our preferred overnight stops for this tour. Sometimes there may be a shortage of available accommodation in a preferred location, in which case we will transfer you from the trail to your accommodation and back again at no extra charge. Overnight stops marked with a (T) will always require transfers as standard.

Overnight stops marked with an (L) have very limited accommodation, and therefore more often than not will also require a transfer, particularly on bank holidays and weekends. We will use non-transfer accommodation wherever possible.

The daily mileages quoted are average trail miles only and do not include the distance from the trail to your accommodation. We do not expect you to have to travel more than a mile from the trail to your accommodation in most cases; should your accommodation be further than this, transfers will be provided as standard if practical. A very limited number of stops will require you to travel on foot up to two miles off the trail, however these instances will be clearly communicated to you if applicable.

Further transfers may also be required due to some accommodations having a two-night minimum booking policy, especially at weekends.

Below are the additional costs that may apply depending on your requirements. Dog-friendly tours are subject to a Daily Dog Charge, which will be listed below if applicable. Our standard prices per person are based upon two people sharing a room; if you are on your own, or are part of a group but require a room of your own, then the Solo Traveller or Single Supplements apply respectively:

A note about transfers
Solo Traveller Supplement
(please ring for prices)
Single Supplement
£60.00 per person / per night

Due to the high costs incurred by booking a Solo Traveller on this trail, we can only provide prices on application. Please contact us for further details.



You can add rest days at any of the overnight stops:

Extra night (Standard)
£65.00 per person / per night
Extra night (Worcester)
£85.00 per person / per night
Standard
Interactive
© Contours Walking Holidays Severn Way - South Section map
Bridgnorth to Bristol
113 miles (180 km)
2nd January to 24th December

Holiday highlights

Walking through the well-tended gardens of Dudmaston Hall, the Severn Valley Country Park, and Ribbesford House.

Watching the mighty Severn Bore surge up the riverbanks.

Tasting the seaside tang of salt in the air as the River Severn becomes tidal toward the walk’s end.

What's included?

  • 8 nights' accommodation in en-suite rooms (where available) in selected B&B’s, hotels, inns and guesthouses along the trail, or a short distance away via taxi provided at our expense.
  • Breakfast each day.
  • Door to door luggage transfer.
  • Maps with the route marked on and a guidebook or route notes describing the trail.
  • An information pack containing an itinerary, instructions on how to find your accommodation each night and a kit list.
  • Detailed travel instructions on how to get to the start of your holiday and back from the end of it.

Extra Nights & Rest Days

Extend your walking holiday with an extra night in one of the fantastic towns along the River Severn.

Worcester, meanwhile, is a bustling city that will easily fill a day with activity. Tewkesbury is a slower-paced, riverside town that boasts beautiful historic places like Tewkesbury Abbey and the old baptist chapel and court, all fully restored.

An extra night in Bristol affords you a day to reflect on your completed walking holiday, or to make the most of the city's sprawling complement of tourist attractions, from the Clifton Suspension Bridge to Bristol Cathedral.

You can add rest days at any of the overnight stops:

Extra night (Standard)
£65.00 per person / per night
Extra night (Worcester)
£85.00 per person / per night

Tour Facts

Total distance: 112.5 miles (180 km)
Duration: 8 nights, 7 days walking
Minimum daily distance: 13 miles (21 km)
Maximum daily distance: 20.5 miles (32.5 km)
Code: SEVWS1 Grade: Demanding / Strenuous
Season: 2nd January - 24th December
Start of holiday: Bridgnorth
End of holiday: Severn Beach/Bristol

Route Profile

Severn Way - South Section Route Profile

Travel Information

Useful information and travel links that will assist you in your plans to travel to the start of the holiday and back from the end of it are sent to you with your full tour pack. A summary is given below:

By Air - The most convenient major city and international airports are Birmingham, Bristol and Cardiff.

By Rail - The nearest rail stations to the start of the trail (Bridgnorth) are either Telford (about 14 miles away) or Wolverhampton (about 15.5 miles away). There is a rail station at the end of the trail (Bristol).

By Bus - Buses do run to Bridgnorth from Telford or Wolverhampton Monday to Saturday only, so a taxi would be required on a Sunday.
Various bus services run from Bristol.

From London - Trains run from London Euston station to Telford & Wolverhampton. A bus/taxi will then be required to Bridgnorth.

Return To The Start - The easiest way to return to the start of the trail, is to take the train from Bristol Temple Meads to Wolverhampton, from where a bus/taxi will be required to Bridgnorth.

Weather Information

To find out more about the weather forecast for your chosen holiday's general location, please see the following websites:

  • MetCheck - This website allows you to look up detailed weather information for specific locations as far as six months in advance.
  • Met Office - This website shows regional area forecasts a few days in advance, with a general UK forecast description of up to 30 days in advance.
  • Mountain Forecast - This website shows what the forecast is like up on specific hills and fells, and offers forecasts a few days in advance.

Customer reviews from the Severn Way - South Section

“We loved the towns of Upton on Severn and Tewksbury. Our lodgings in Worcester and Tewksbury were lovely.”
Mrs Baughan, USA
“Shrewsbury and Ironbridge were lovely - we did well to choose an extra day there.”
Ms Terry, UK
“I only have praise for the excellent organization of the three walks by Contours.”
Mr Such, Australia
“A lovely, fascinating walk through a part of the UK we were previously unfamiliar with. This is a superb walk though centuries of English history. We really appreciate the efficiency of your operation and the support we received when we experienced a couple of minor glitches.”
Mr Ward, UK
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