Your destination guide for Bridgnorth, Much Wenlock and the Severn Valley
This guide covers the Shropshire towns of Bridgnorth, Much Wenlock, Shifnal, Highley, Albrighton and Broseley. Click on the images below to visit each destination:
Bridgnorth, in reality, is two towns: the High Town (good views down) and the Low Town (good views up). Now connected by the steepest inland funicular railway in Britain.The Low Town was once a thriving port along the banks of the River Severn, while the High Town held the castle, the churches, and many fine 16th and 17th century mansions. Charles I, lost his head here completely, declaring the view to be
– “the finest in all my kingdom.”
The more energetic amongst you can amble up one of the seven sets of steps, or the steep old Cartway, where goods were once hauled to the market above. The carts are gone, but the markets remain. Antiques and local produce are particular specialities.
What’s left of the Castle leans at an alarming angle, even greater than the Tower of Pisa. The building was blown up in the Civil War by the Parliamentarians – who botched it, typical of parliamentarians.
Nearby an iron footbridge takes you to the Severn Valley Railway Station. If you want to explore the beautiful Severn Gorge to the south, you should definitely let the steam train take the strain. And you can enjoy wonderful 1940’s and 1960’s steam nostalgia weekends. (Hurry, before they reach the 1970’s).