River Severn  
General Information
Paddle Points

Dol Llys Farm Caravan & Camping, Trefeglwys Road, Llanidloes, Powys SY18 6JA

Dolerw Park Access/Egress point

Public car park, footbridge over river to watch paddlers, access to river downstream of footbridge.

Moderated by CanoeWalesWaterways 6 July 2019

Weir

Get out river Left, and portage around weir. Beware of steep bank down to water's edge on the downstream side of the weir.

Abermule bridge

egress onto field upstream left of A483 road bridge

Launch point at Abermule bridge

A good start point for a circular up the canal and down the Severn. Parking is by the junction of the A483 and B4386. Carry over the canal bridge and down to the towpath, or down to the river bank

The Bliss Trail (Canw Cymru)

The Bliss Canoe Trail

"The longest round tour possible" 862.25 miles 1388km a circumnavigation of England by Inland Waterways.

From Canoe by William Bliss published in 1934

The trail is divided into regional sections with the aspiration that each RDT will facilitate and publish an annual opportunity for paddlers to complete their section of the tour.

This section of the trail is yet to be adopted.

Day 15 Bliss Trail Expedition

Finish of Day 15 Bliss Trail Expedition

The Green Dragon

Paddle friendly pub.

A483 upstream of Pool Quay

There's a layby here with a gate just to the north, and the river is just a short distance away.


Unloading at the gate is possible, then move the car to the layby, or possibly the paddle-friendly Green Man pub near the road bridge upstream.

Rapids, 60 metres

Strainer entirely blocking river

Paddled on Saturday (30/4/16), a branch now entirely blocks the flow causing a particularly nasty strainer as you come out of the wave train. There's a huge eddy on the RHS of the flow where you can get out and portage - although, it's a bit of feisty tree fest on the bank and putting back in was a bit of a challenge!

Not a quick portage over the top!

Don't be fooled that you can get out here a hop over to save yourself a 1.5km around the dog leg - it's a good 3-4m river bank - and is full of dumped concrete and messy hazards in an effort to try and protect the land and stop it becoming an oxbow lake!

Strainer and strong current

Bank has collapsed on east side forming a narrow channel with fallen trees acting as trainer on opposite side. This is approx 2/3 rds of route between Pool Quay and Llandrinio Bridge.


Permanent hazard without intervention from farmer or authorities.

Strainer risk

This section narrows to around 5m, with lots of overhanging trees either side. When we arrived a log had jammed across the flow and caused a strainer. We managed to nudge it free - but because of the nature of the banksides, I can see this being a bit of a regular strainer risk.

Large bank collapse and narrowing

Large bank collapse (as per Google Earth image) is still present - the tree in the flow has caught a lot of debris over the last 12 months of floods! It's acting as a bit of a strainer risk, approach with caution as there's no easy get out to portage.

Start point to launch day one D of E

Rhyd Esgyn Lane. Parking off lane,across Offas Dyke to regular launch point

Launch Day One

SJ 280 150 Follow lane to very end, go through gate. You can get a vehicle quite close to riverside on Offas Dyke Path

Down slope on sandy beach.

Llandrinio Bridge

It is possible to camp here. Tel Mr Nixon on 01691 830764.

Falling clay pigeon debris!

Watch out for the falling clay pigeon debris! Our DofE group found it all very exciting - could be a surprise if you're not expecting it!

Church house camp and caravan club

Melverley Church House Campsite

Muddy beach near church for landing, booking essential! Camping on river side of dyke

Famous timber frame church 600 years old

The Tontine Arms, Melverley

Actually, this is an easy 1/2 a mile paddle up the River Vyrnwy from the Severn.

The Bliss Trail (West Midlands Region)

The Bliss Canoe Trail

"The longest round tour possible" 862.25 miles 1388km a circumnavigation of England by Inland Waterways.

From Canoe by William Bliss published in 1934

The trail is divided into regional sections with the aspiration that each RDT will facilitate and publish an annual opportunity for paddlers to complete their section of the tour.

This section of the trail is yet to be adopted.

Day 16 Bliss Trail Expedition

Finish of Day 16 Bliss Trail Expedition

Royal Hill Inn Campsite

Telephone Bill on 07968656724


The caravan site is behind the pub, but canoeists often camp in the field between the river and the road.


http://www.royalhillinnandcampsite.co.uk/#!__camping

Montford Bypass Picnic site and bridge

It is possible to land or launch at the bridge, parking in the picnic site nearby.

Wingfield Arms Campsite

Tel 07853 934379 to book. Behind pub.

Launch Day two D of E

Not sure which camp site yet.

But just past Montford bridge. Camp sites both left and right of river.

Severn House Wild area camp site 16.7

End Day one access river left.
Shortly before you will have gone under A5 bridge & B4380. Wingfield Camp site is on right before A5 bridge.

Severn House Camp Site to Coseley -Day two D of E

Shropshire and West Mids Show Grd, Coton Hill

Public slipway, river left.

Frankwell Footbridge

Ramp river right before footbridge.


Council Car park adjacent.

Victoria Quay

Land river left on pontoons for Victoria Quay.

Shrewsbury Weir

Portage on river left.

Start Day three - coseley road woodland

V muddy steps

Day 17 Bliss Trail Expedition

Finish for Day 17 Bliss Trail Expedition

Day three D of E

Atcham New Bridge

Access river left above bridge.

The Riverside Inn

Possible to launch from the garden off the Riverside Inn.

Have left my car in their car park after gaining permission from Landlord and always popped in for a pint when finished.

Circa 10 miles from here to Jackfield Rapids

Parking near Ironbridge

Parking for two to three cars with path down to the river Severn and launch points above and blow the rapids.

Jackfield Rapids

Popular short rapid, very similar in nature to Symonds Yat. Good for beginners to practice skills. Grade 2.

Day 4

Below rapids

Half Moon Pub

The Woodbridge Inn Campsite

Ring the pub to check they still allow camping in the field below the pub 01952 882054

Day 18 Bliss Trail Expedition

Finish for Day 18 Bliss Trail Expedition

Woodridge Inn Launch

The Woodbridge Inn

Apparently you can camp here

01952 882054

Apley Park Bridge

Private estate road no access/egress

Severn Park, Bridgnorth

Public slipway and parking, river left, Bridgnorth canoe club

Bridgenorth Canoe Club

Bridgnorth Rowing Club

Address: Boat House, Bandon Lane, Bridgnorth WV15 5
Phone: 01746 768151 Camping Yes

Hampton Loade parking £1 p&d

£1 pay and display

Adjacent pub "River and Rail"

Hampton Loade

East bank of river National Trust car park, do not launch from ferry steps
go to downstream end of car park down rough steps to seal launch

The River And Rail Pub

Island

Grade I


Run either side. Right more interesting. Whirlpools in the breakout on R.

Tree blocking shoot

Shingle bank in low water

In low water, main flow is through the trees. Can be avoided by back paddling flow by island. Except there are normally fishermen there.

Otherwise get out on shingle bank river right and portage across shingle.


In High to medium flows this is not a problem.

Upper Arley Quay

Quay on river left. Pay and display car park near by.

Upper Arley Slipway

River right, parking nearby.

Eymore Rapid

Grade I


Take the channel left of the island. If you want to repeat the rapid, pole or paddle back up the other side of the island.


A few hundred yards further on there is a small ledge drop. Take this on the right where it is broken.

Waterworks bridge

Access/egress up steps to small car park at the end of Northwood lane

Bewdley

Sloping sandyish bank by park, easier landing than steps by bridge (although there is a dilapidated "no launching rivercraft" sign)

Bewdley Rowing Club

Address: River Side North, Bewdley, Worcestershire, Bewdley DY12 1AB 01299 402899

Bewdley Bridge

Land or launch above bridge. Pay & Display a couple of hundred yards upstream.

Angling Dispute

Date : October 24, 2018
Verbal abuse received from 2 anglers while on and while getting off the river near Blackstone.

Blackstone riverside park

access/egress right up bank into riverside park

limit of powered navigation

Lickhill Manor Caravan & Camping Park

Lower Lickhill Road, Stourport on Severn DY13 8RL

Lickhill launch when camping

Stouport basin

slipway into town basin , small pay and display car park

The Bliss Trail (West Midlands Region)

The Bliss Canoe Trail

"The longest round tour possible" 862.25 miles 1388km a circumnavigation of England by Inland Waterways.

From Canoe by William Bliss published in 1934

The trail is divided into regional sections with the aspiration that each RDT will facilitate and publish an annual opportunity for paddlers to complete their section of the tour.

This section of the trail is yet to be adopted.

Lincombe Weir

portage river right

Lincombe Lock

The highest lock on the Severn.


Many people only go this far when canoeing down from Pool Quay, as from now on the river is less interesting and has plenty of boats on it.

Holt Weir

Holt Lock

Holt launch parking

Holt launch

Launch spot from mooring platform with parking right next to it along the lane. Sometimes an angler will be fishing off of it but mostly deserted.

Bevere Weir

Bevere Lock

Bevere Lock mooring platform

Nice place to launch from or stop at for a break before heading back down stream.

Camp House Inn Grimley

Amazing Pub with mooring access. Legendary cheese and onion rolls! Also camping field.

Camp House Inn Grimley Camping field

Very basic, very cheap, has a moor and can portage there or just upstream near Bevere lock. They are building a new shower/toilet block.

Day 19 Bliss Trail Expedition

Finish for Day 19 Bliss Expedition

Pitchcroft - Under Railway bridge launch

Just adding this one as I've used it a few times. Park up on the road for free if you can or the pay and display car park, come down the steps and launch, simple :)

Grandstand Carpark - pay and display

If space, you can park for free along Grand Stand Road - closer to the canoe club

Pixham Ferry

The old Ferry launching point at Pixham Ferry.

Clevelode

Also a popular angling place. But this is public land as far as I am aware.

Hanley Castle

Hanley Castle launching point. Angling signs make it look as if you can't boat here, but you can. The ramp was made specifically for recreational boat users, and there is space to park.

The Bliss Trail (S.W. Wessex Region)

The Bliss Canoe Trail

"The longest round tour possible" 862.25 miles 1388km a circumnavigation of England by Inland Waterways.

From Canoe by William Bliss published in 1934

The trail is divided into regional sections with the aspiration that each RDT will facilitate and publish an annual opportunity for paddlers to complete their section of the tour.

This section of the trail is yet to be adopted.

Lower Lode Weir

Upper Lode Lock

Day 20 Bliss Trail Expedition

Finish of day 20 Bliss Trail Expedition

The Lower Lode Inn

15th century riverside inn directly opposite Lower Lode launching spot. A ferry service regularly takes runs to and from Lower Lode Lane.

http://www.lowerlodeinn.co.uk/

Lower Lode

Start Lower lode

Hawbridge Inn

Maisemore Weir

Popular playspot for Gloucester Canoe Club. This weir can form excellent play waves, especially if you time it correctly between high tides.


Fairly easy retrieval of swimmers below the weir. But caution needs to be had with the timing. This is the end point of the Severn Bore tidal wave, which occurs 4-5 times most months, as well as high tide reaching here with smaller waves in between. Don't get caught out, check the tide times.


Good pub nearby.

The Bliss Trail (S.W. Wessex Region)

The Bliss Canoe Trail

"The longest round tour possible" 862.25 miles 1388km a circumnavigation of England by Inland Waterways.

From Canoe by William Bliss published in 1934

The trail is divided into regional sections with the aspiration that each RDT will facilitate and publish an annual opportunity for paddlers to complete their section of the tour.

This section of the trail is yet to be adopted.

Beachley Slipway

This can be a serious paddle. Wind over tide causes serious turbulence and standing waves. Spring tides are awesome and it's possible to paddle to Gloucester in one hit. Also a good starting point for a paddle down channel. Slip is free for public but shared with life boat station. Parking alongside and also a good pub.

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