The River Severn and the Industrial Revolution


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Activity Level



Other, Nature and Wildlife, Museums / Culture


Kid Friendly: No. This tour may be of interest to children with a lively interest in geology and history

Friendly: No.

Maximum travelers: 3



English (fluent), French (basic), German (basic), Italian (basic)

How the Ice Age changed the future of Britain

A tour through the changing landscape of the River Severn. An explanation of how this longest of the rivers in the UK was changed by the Ice Age and in so doing brought about the perfect conditions for the start of the Industrial Revolution.

Tour starts on Wenlock Edge with views across 'the blue remembered hills' of the poet A. E. Housman, while standing on the remnant of an ancient coral reef and then follows the Severn through Ironbridge Gorge. Visiting the first ever Ironbridge and seeing some of the industrial history of Shropshire. The tour follows the river to Bridgnorth, to take a rare funicular railway ride to see the views King Charles 1 declared to be 'The finest in my Kingdom'. Then on to the famous Georgian river port of Bewdley, for lunch. A short walking tour of the small town shows it little changed in 250 years. End the day downstream at Stourport, the worlds only town to come into being because of the canals. Visit the original picturesque canal basins and lock-works, before taking tea


9. 30 Wenlock Edge, see extensive views, fossil coral reef and restored victorian lime kilns.

10. 30 Ironbridge Gorge, see how the glacial melt water changed the scenery and the course of Britains biggest river. Visit a number of unusual historical places of interest including the first Iron Bridge.

11. 45 Bridgnorth, small georgian river town, with funicular railway and narrow streets.

13. 00 Bewdley, Lunch stop and short walking tour of this important Georgian inland river port, little changed in 250 years

15. 15 Stourport. Unique canal town, where the river meets the canal and the modern industrial age begins. Enjoy a short walking tour of the canal basins and locks, while watching the longboats entering and leaving the 18th century canal system.
16. 30/17. 00 Tour ends and return to agreed point.

In the event of inclement weather, there are many museums and places of interest into which the tour can divert and maintain the flow of the tour.

Meeting Location + Tour Duration

Meeting location: Dog Lane, Bewdley, DY12 2EF

Or you can be collected from an agreed location (your accommodation for example) within a 20 mile radius of any point on the tour. Other arrangements can be made at the time of booking at an agreed cost if appropriate.

End location: You will be returned to the starting point in Bewdley or the original collection location unless otherwise agreed at the time of booking.

You may wish to stay in the area and assistanceand advice can be given with booking local accomodation.

Duration: 8 hours


Some walking is needed at a number of points on the tour. The walking is not arduous but good, strong footwear is reccomended and waterproof/windproof clothing and even perhaps an additional warm layer may be useful, in the cooler months.

Travel between locations is in my Range Rover,no longer new, but well maintained, and in good condition.It seats four in addition to the driver. If a better or newer vehicle is required, this can be arranged at extra cost.

What’s Included

Other: Collection and return to an agreed location within 20 miles of the start and finish of the tour. Collection and transport can be arranged from a greater distance by prior arrangement. Transport is in my own vehicle and can comfortably accomodate 3 adults. Accomodation and eating venues can be reccomended with pleasure and assistance given in making overnight bookings if needed.

Estimated Local Cash Needed

25 gbp - Entrance to Museum of the Gorge. Additional allowance in the event poor weather forces the tour to go into other venues.

Lunch and afternoon tea etc, need not be expensive. But, expenditure will depend on personal taste and preference.

What’s Extra

Other: Admission to Museum of the Gorge
Lunch and refreshments

The tour can be customised to take in other features in the locality if wished, please let me know if you wish to do this.

The tour can be enlarged to take up to 6 people. For this a larger vehicle and driver are needed, at agreed additional cost.

A Recent Review of this tour

It was wonderful. The tour itself was very interesting. We would never have found those places and certainly not in the order in which they make historic sense. Stuart was terrific.
Sonja MacCrimmon

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