I walked from Land's End to John o'Groats starting on 5 April 2009 and finished on 13 June 2009, raising over £4,000 for MS Research and Relief Fund in the process. I posted to this blog every day.
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Sunday, 26 February 2012
Backpackers Wyre Forest weekend
This was a new area for me. We met on Friday evening at Hopley's Family Camping on the edge of Bewdley. This is a good site with a farm shop and cafe and hot showers. The evening was spent at The Black Boy pub in Wyre Hill (not be confused with The Black Boy Hotel in Kidderminster Road), a small drinker's local and really excellent. No music, no machines and I think the only food served might have been crisps or pork scratchings.
On Saturday morning, we walked down through Bewdley, a very nice Georgian town on the River Severn. We crossed the river and walked up the eastern side, stopping at the riverside cafe at Arley and then crossing the river at Highley Bridge. The river flows very fast and we saw some ducks that seemed to pass by us at about 20mph. The area is very popular as a holiday destination. There were numerous caravan/mobile home parks and chalet parks although many of these are probably lived in full-time. The Severn Valley Railway was very much in evidence and we were treated to the sound and sight of some steam-pulled trains.
Coming down the other side of the river on the Severn Way, we stopped at the Ship Inn and then went on to our second night's camp at Pound Green. This was a field with a water tap and some reasonable loos in a portable building. It was very quiet and a half mile walk to the Olde New Inn.
On Sunday, we walked a quicker route back to Bewdley through the Wyre Forest. This is an area to be revisited. There are so many trails and paths. We followed parts of the Worcestershire Way and the Geopark Way.