Wyre forest visitors centre
Wyre forest visitors centre

Wyre Forest National Nature Reserve

Wyre forest and its surrounding woodlands are fantastic places to enjoy the fresh air and and have fun outdoors. There is something for everyone all year round, including walking trails, family cycling, horse riding, Go Ape,  adventure play area and of course the wildlife.  See more here.

Severn Valley Country Park

Green Flag award-winning Severn Valley Country Park offers 126 acres of beautiful accessible countryside. Explore the walking routes, the national cycling network or soak up the wonderful views from the comfort of the visitor centre. With a natural play area and regular children’s events, it is a great day out for all the family.  From the lodge, a good way to get to the park is by driving and parking at Highley and crossing the railway and then the bridge over the river Severn by foot.  See here for more information.

Walking

The local area offers countless walking opportunities.  Listed here just a few ideas.

Church Stretton walkingThe Jack Mytton Way is a long distance bridle way through Shropshire.  The path runs to less than a mile from the lodge.   Comprising over 100 miles of rural bridle ways and quiet country lanes, this trail takes you through some of the county’s most beautiful and un spoilt  countryside.  See the Shropshire Council website for more information.

The river Severn footpaths follow the course of both the river and the railway. These can be used to combine the journey on foot with the train.

Cleobury Mortimer is a historic market town nearby .  The town’s footpath association publishes a range of leaflets which provide information and clear maps for many walks ranging from easy, short strolls to longer, energetic walks. Their website is well worth a visit.

Wenlock Edge is an 18 mile limestone escarpment.  Visit the National Trust website for further information. www.nationaltrust.org.uk/wenlock-edge  An early walk could be followed by a visit to the picturesque town of Much Wenlock.

The Shropshire Way runs in a large loop for 297 miles in the interior of the county.  Routes take in all the best parts including Church Stretton, The Long Mynd and the Clee hills.

There are many options for walking from the doorstep.  Find details of some local walking in our welcome pack.

Horse riding

Rider on Horse
Rider on Horse

Country Treks, which is just 3 miles away at Stottesdon, offers horse riding for all levels.

Chelmarsh Sailing Club

Located just 4 miles away, the club offer sailing experience for all levels.  See more here.

Outdoor activities

The Old Vicarage Adventure Centre at Stottesdon provides a wide range of outdoor activities for all ages.  See the livetheadventure.co website

Rays Farm Country Matters

Is located less than a mile away and can even be reached by a pleasant walk through the woods.  Rays Farm  is a high quality farm visitor attraction.

Golf

Shropshire golf
Shropshire golf

There many several golf courses in the local area.  These include:

The Astbury.  One of England’s finest Championship Golf Courses and is less than 5 miles away.  Home of the 2016 Ryder Cup Captain Darren Clarke.

Bridgnorth Golf Club is an 18 hole course less than 8 miles away. This is a super course in a wonderful location.

Wharton Park Golf & Country Club is located close to Bewdley, less than 10 miles away.  This offers an 18 hole course and driving range.

For a more informal golf experience try Highley Golf Centre which is less than 2 miles away.  A 9 hole par 3 course for all the family.  Phone 01746 862500.

Fishing

Ample fishing opportunities are available on the River Severn which is renowned for its Barbel and has many BAA pegs along its bank. There are also several fisheries in the area.

Cycling

National cycle route 45 which locally runs from Bridgnorth to Bewdley is 2.5 miles away at it’s closest point at Highley.  Why not combine the cycle route with the Severn Valley Railway (bikes are carried free) to create a superb circular route for a day out.  See sustrans.org.uk for all you need to know about the National Cycle Routes.

For mountain bike enthusiasts there are numerous opportunities at the Wyre Forest National Nature Reserve where you will find challenging mountain bike trails within the forest.  Try out the Blue cycle trail.