This weekend we spent a day travelling along the Severn Valley Railway in Shropshire. We live close to the railway and so often here the ‘choo choo’ of the train as it goes past. The 16 mile railway line runs from Bridgnorth to Kidderminster and opened in 1862 connecting 40 miles of railway. The line was then closed the following year to the public! A few years later the Severn Valley Railway Society was formed and re-opened the line.
They had a vintage steam train and a vintage diesel train. We got to travel on both of the trains. First class had little carriages just like the Hogwarts Express and we wished we were travelling to Hogwarts!
Although it was a drizzly start to the day it was the perfect way to see more of the Shropshire countryside. We purchased a ‘Freedom of the Line’ ticket, which meant we had unlimited travel along the whole line for the day. We stopped off at Arley for some pub lunch at the local pub. The Harbour Inn is just down the road when you come out of the station. We thoroughly recommend them to other dogs, they allow dogs in the bar and conservatory area. Neville was greeted with a treat, which of course he loved! We also stopped off at Bewdley and Kidderminster to explore for a little while.
Dogs are more than welcome on the train, Neville got his own ticket and he got a lot of attention from the staff and volunteers there. He hopped straight on the train and settled really well, enjoying watching the Shropshire countryside pass by outside the window. As the day went on the drizzle stopped and the sun came out, it got pretty warm but the stations had lots of water bowls out for the dogs.
A ‘Freedom of the Line’ ticket allows unlimited travel along the whole line, between Bridgnorth and Kidderminster, can be brought on the day for £21 or £19.50 if pre-booked. Dogs cost £3 to travel. More fares can be found here. *Prices correct at time post publishing.
Beth & Neville xx