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

12 to 19 nights
216 miles
Moderate / Demanding to Strenuous
2nd January to 24th December

From £1455 per person

Severn Way

The full Severn Way trail journeys 215 miles from the mountainous landscapes of mid-Wales all the way to the pretty Severn Beach in the south of England. The route stays close to the River Severn throughout, tracing its journey from its source in the Cambrian Mountains all the way to the sea.

Along with excellent riverside scenery thoughout, the Severn Way passes through dozens of rural towns and villages, each with their own fascinating stories to tell about how the longest river in Britain helped to shape this wonderful corner of the United Kingdom.

Available tours

Code Tour Duration Difficulty Price per person
SEVW1 From Rhyd-y-Benwch/Hafren Forest to Severn Beach/Bristol 12 nights, 11 days walking Strenuous £1455
SEVW2 From Rhyd-y-Benwch/Hafren Forest to Severn Beach/Bristol 15 nights, 14 days walking Demanding / Strenuous £1800
SEVW3 From Rhyd-y-Benwch/Hafren Forest to Severn Beach/Bristol 19 nights, 18 days walking Moderate / Demanding £2260

Short breaks

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

Severn Way 12 nights, 11 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 Llanidloes where your first night's accommodation will be booked
Transport is provided from Llanidloes to Rhyd-y-Benwch/Hafren Forest for the morning of your walk.

Day 1

Rhyd-y-Benwch/Hafren Forest to Llanidloes. 15 miles (24km)

Day 2

Llanidloes to Newtown, Powys. 18.5 miles (29.5km)

Day 3

Newtown, Powys to Pool Quay(T). 18.5 miles (29.5km)

Day 4

Pool Quay(T) to Shrewsbury. 23 miles (37km)

Day 5

Shrewsbury to Ironbridge. 19.5 miles (31km)

Day 6

Ironbridge to Upper Arley(L). 20 miles (32km)

Day 7

Upper Arley(L) to Worcester. 20.5 miles (32.5km)

Day 8

Worcester to Tewkesbury. 19 miles (30.5km)

Day 9

Tewkesbury to Upper Framilode(L). 26.5 miles (42.5km)

Day 10

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

Day 11

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 (Upper Arley(L))
£80.00 per person / per night
Extra night (Worcester)
£85.00 per person / per night
Standard
Interactive
© Contours Walking Holidays Severn Way map
Rhyd-y-Benwch to Bristol
216 miles (346 km)
2nd January to 24th December

Holiday highlights

Passing historic old buildings such as Llanthony Secunda Priory, once one of the richest and largest Augustinian houses in England.

Watching the Severn Bore, a surge wave that races up the river once or twice a day. Be sure you don't stand too close to the bank as it approaches, or you may well get wet!

Visiting the ornate medieval towns of Shrewsbury and Tewkesbury and towering Gloucester Cathedral.

What's included?

  • 12 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.


Market town Newtown is another attractive choice. Catch up on your industrial history at the Textile Museum.

Across the border, Shrewsbury is one of England's finest medieval towns, full of cobbled streets lined with black-and-white-timbered buildings. Shewsbury Abbey and Shrewsbury Castle are each inspiring sights, while the Quarry Park is a fine spot for a lazy lunch surrounded by flowers.

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 (Upper Arley(L))
£80.00 per person / per night
Extra night (Worcester)
£85.00 per person / per night

Tour Facts

Total distance: 216 miles (346 km)
Duration: 12 nights, 11 days walking
Minimum daily distance: 15 miles (24 km)
Maximum daily distance: 26.5 miles (42.5 km)
Code: SEVW1 Grade: Strenuous
Season: 2nd January - 24th December
Start of holiday: Rhyd-y-Benwch/Hafren Forest
End of holiday: Severn Beach/Bristol

Route Profile

Severn Way 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 station to the start of the trail (Llanidloes) is at Caersws (about 8.5 miles away). There are two rail stations at the end of the trail (Bristol).

By Bus - Buses run from Caersws to Llanidloes 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 Caersws. From there a bus/taxi will be required to Llanidloes.

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

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

“I enjoyed the holiday and all the accommodation Contours arranged.”
Mr Richardson, UK
“The Severn Way is a pleasant and interesting walk which is not too taxing. It makes a pleasant change from toiling uphill and down dale.”
Mr Rooke, UK
“A great experience to follow a river from its source (a boggy pool on a mountain) to a mighty four mile wide estuary. It was so varied, changing all the time and I loved it all.”
Ms Mobbs, UK
“Walk was nice countryside. Good things were some of the lodgings - we enjoyed the Woodberry in Bridgnorth. Very spacious and clean rooms, excellent bar and restaurant. Also Best Western in Ironbridge and the lodgings in Bewdley were nice.”
Dr Haemig, USA
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