Bridgnorth

Trails around Bridgnorth

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Make Bridgnorth your starting point and discover the town that's really two towns.

The Low Town on the River Severn was once one of the busiest riverports in Europe while the High Town, on the sandstone cliffs 100ft above, contained the port's markets.

Walk up the steep hill of the Cartway, past sandstone caves, or take one of the seven sets of steps linking the two towns. If you're feeling less energetic, take the Castle Hill Cliff Railway, Englands oldest and steepest inland funicular railway. Charles I is said to have declared the view "the finest in all my kingdom".

Only the keep of the castle remains today, leaning at an angle even greater than the leaning tower of Pisa. It was built in 1101 by Robert de Belleme of Quatt on the site of a Saxn fort. Bridgnorth actually began at nearby Quatt, but 'moved' some time before the eleventh century to where the new north bridge had been built, hence the town's name.

Setting out from Bridgnorth, you're in very English countryside.

Model villages, half-timbered cottages and country estates make you feel as if you're stepping into a period drama.

From Bridgnorth you can either take a few hours' walk in Chestnut Coppice, an afternoon trip to Badger Dingle or a whole day out on the Severn Valley Railway to Hampton Loade and Dudmaston Hall.