This is a lovely walk with lovely views throughout, Starting from The Harbour inn. Its a relatively easy walk with only one stile, but classed here as average due to the steepish first 100yds. The walk covers about 6.5 miles in the Wyre, forest taking in Arley station, The Wyre forest, Victoria Bridge ,the Severn Valley railway, Crossing the Severn via a footbridge and Trimpley reservoir.
Calculated time is computed with the distance, the height difference, and an average speed of 2.2 mph. For an intermediate walker, this time includes small breaks.
(D/A) From the Harbour inn, turn left up a steep incline for about 75yds to the top of the railway bridge.
(1) Having regained your breath continue up the incline for a further 50yds a track joins from the right. Here there is a kissing gate that takes a footpath along the edge of the field following the road on the left. The footpath re-joins the road for a short distance passing a track signed "The Meadow on the left. A few paces further past the Horse and rider road sign the road bends to the right. Take the farm track on the left. Follow this track passing a homestead on the left then just before entering "Private property" a footpath goes off slightly to the right. Follow this footpath through woodland with meadowland on the right until the main track takes a right turn. Go straight on at this point into the Wyre forest. Follow this footpath to a T junction with another footpath, take the left track.
(2) At the 5 ways junction, take what looks like the least likely track straight on (2ndLeft). At the next junction, go straight on taking the downhill path. Continue along this path as it becomes more of a track until it crosses what is best described as an avenue of cleared woodland.
(3) Turn left here down the avenue to the outskirts of some woodland homesteads. Turn left keeping the homesteads on the right. The path leaves the homesteads and travels downhill. Just before a sign for a cottage take a track off to the right. This leads down to the west bank of the river Severn. Turn left keeping the Severn on the right heading upstream. Leave the forest over a wooden bridge and continue upstream.
(4) Good views of steam trains crossing Victoria Bridge. Continue along the meadowland of the North Worcestershire way until the path re-joins the road by what once was a ferry.
(5) Cross the footbridge to upper Arley where refreshments may be purchased from the café or post office shop.
From the point where the footbridge joins the east bank of The Severn in Upper Arley take the footpath south along the east bank of the Severn following the Severn way and Upper Arley circular. Keeping the river on the right, follow this path until you once again pass under Victoria bridge but this time on the opposite bank to previously. Shortly after this Leave the woodland passing a Solar farm on the left.
(6) Leave the river and gently climb the embankment to Trimpley Reservoir. Skirt the reservoir then bear left and travel between the two areas of water towards the Severn valley railway line keeping the lower expanse of water on the right and the reservoir on the left. Bear right this time keeping the railway line on the left and the water on the right until gate across the railway line is reached on the left.
(7) The path crosses the Severn Valley railway lines here. Look out for trains! On crossing the tracks take the path straight uphill into the woodlands. After a short distance turn left on joining another pathway and climb steadily uphill until a roadway is reached near to Trimpley reservoir car park. Cross the road slightly diagonally to the right and go through a gateway opposite. Follow the woodland trail to a cross trail.
(8) Turn left here and head downhill. There are some metal railings marking the boundary of a cottage or dwelling. The path goes through a gate and across some pasture where on occasions horses graze. Follow the path downhill passing the dwelling on the left. Through another gate then to a stile. Over the stile and continue downhill to the river. Turn right and follow the Severn way back to the footbridge. Cross the footbridge and continue straight on to some welcome refreshment at your arrival point, the Harbour inn(D/A)
D/A : mi 0 - alt. 89ft - The Harbour inn Arley
1 : mi 0.15 - alt. 157ft - Arley station, Severn Valley Railway
2 : mi 1.14 - alt. 384ft - 5 way junction
3 : mi 1.64 - alt. 305ft - Avenue of cleared woodland
4 : mi 3.01 - alt. 92ft - Victoria Bridge
5 : mi 3.61 - alt. 89ft - Ferry point and footbridge
6 : mi 4.59 - alt. 98ft - Trimpley Reservoir
7 : mi 5.16 - alt. 121ft - Path crosses Severn Valley railway lines.
8 : mi 5.56 - alt. 285ft - Cross trail
D/A : mi 6.4 - alt. 85ft - The Harbour inn Arley
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(1) Arley Station, Severn Valley Railway
The station was built along with the line in 1862 and opened on 1 February that year. The first signal box was built in 1883, and the platform built to accommodate six coach trains. The main brick-built station building, which holds the booking office, is located on the easterly platform
(4) Victoria Bridge.
At the time of its construction, the 200-foot railway bridge was the longest single span cast iron bridge in Britain. The cast-iron arch bridge has four arch ribs each of nine parts bolted together. The arch elements were cast by the Coalbrookdale Company).
(5) Ferry point and footbridge.
The ferry here was first recorded at this site in 1323, however in 1971 the ferry was replaced by a footbridge as recently as 1971.
(6) Trimpley Reservoir.
The reservoir, which is managed by Severn Trent Water, was opened in 1968 and covers 29 acres. It is mostly around 3ft dee., A settling pool is located to the south of the main reservoir and a little below it. The Pumping station was opened on 5 May 1967 Water taken from the River Severn is stored in the reservoir, and at times of peak demand is used to supplement the supply from the Elan Valley Aqueduct. The treatment plant is located on the opposite side of the line with water carried by the Trimpley Pipe Bridge.
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