Severn Way

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Severn Way
The entrance to the Severn Way path at Rhyd-y-benwch - - 1121692.jpg
Start of the Severn Way path at the source of the Severn
Length 210 mi (338 km)
Designation Long-distance trail
Trailheads Plynlimon
Use Hiking
Highest point Plynlimon, 752 m (2,467 ft)
Hiking details
Season All year

The Severn Way is a waymarked long-distance footpath in the United Kingdom, which follows the course of the River Severn through Mid Wales and western England.


The Long Distance Walkers Association gives the Severn Way's length as 360.3 km (223.9 mi).[1]

The route[edit]

The start of the Severn Way path

The source of the River Severn is high on Plynlimon,[2] in the uplands of Mid-Wales,[3] from where both river and walk descend[4] to Llanidloes, Newtown, Powys[5] and Welshpool. It then follows the towpath of the Montgomeryshire Canal, passing through Shrewsbury, Shropshire and the Severn Gorge. It passes the cradle of the Industrial Revolution at Ironbridge before passing through Bridgnorth, Bewdley[6] in Worcestershire, Stourport-on-Severn, Worcester, Upton-upon-Severn and Tewkesbury. It enters Gloucestershire and passes through Gloucester itself before passing Berkeley Castle and following the Severn Estuary[7] past Slimbridge.[8] Originally the path finished at Severn Beach., but it has recently been extended to Bristol via Lawrence Weston, Shirehampton and through the Avon Gorge.

Connecting trails[edit]

Severn Way at Oldbury-on-Severn

The Way links with the Gloucestershire Way, Wye Valley Walk, Worcestershire Way, Staffordshire and Worcestershire Canal Walk, Worcester & Birmingham Canal Walk, Three Choirs Way and Telford and Wrekin Walks, and Shakespeare's Avon Way.[9]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Severn Way". Long Distance Walkers Association. Retrieved 21 March 2010. 
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  9. ^ Severn Way

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Coordinates: 52°35′7″N 2°26′6″W / 52.58528°N 2.43500°W / 52.58528; -2.43500