Dog-Ventures: The Highley Trail, Shropshire

This is one of our favourite walks, taking you over the famous River Severn and the Severn Valley Railway! It is suitable for dogs to be off-lead for almost the whole walk apart from when walking through the village of Highley. This is a very popular area and get can very busy with dog walkers in the summer!


Time: 2 hours 45 minutes (or longer if your dog likes to sniff like Neville!)

Distance: 4 miles (if you want to make the route shorter you can follow the orange line to cut out some of the walk)

Parking: Lots of parking at the Severn Valley Country Park visitor centre (V on the map) and at the Severn Valley Park at Highley (P on the map) (pay and display).

Other information: Dog friendly pub, The Ship Inn and Severn Valley Railway Highley Station are both along the route.

This route takes you around the Severn Valley Country Park exploring open spaces and shaded woodland which your dog can run free in and the village of Highley. The footpath goes over a large footpath bridge over the famous River Severn with stunning views.

The route takes you past the graveyard of St. Mary’s Church which you can divert through and visit the early 1100s Norman Church, thought to be the oldest building in the village. The church staff and volunteers are very dog friendly but dogs must be on a lead within the Church grounds.

If you’re peckish you will walk right past The Ship Inn, a dog friendly pub on the River Severn which is very popular among the locals. There is seating next to the river which is lovely to sit and relax with a well deserved drink after a long walk. The Ship Inn have a great menu at a great price, from Sunday carvery to Thursdays steak nights!

The Severn Valley Railway Highley Station is also along the route which is great for spotting vintage steam trains! The station is beautiful, often decorated with beautiful flowers. The Severn Valley Railway is also dog friendly, which means your dog can travel in style with you! You can travel to Highley from Bridgnorth or Kidderminster before starting your walk of The Highley Trail. Read more about The Severn Valley Railway here.


The Highley Colliery Wheel at the Severn Valley Country Park on the Highley side of the River Severn.

Admiring the views along the River Severn.


Beth & Neville xx

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One Reply to “Dog-Ventures: The Highley Trail, Shropshire”

  1. Steph, Sev & Lily says: Reply

    Looks like a lovely walk!
    Love From Steph, Sev & Lily

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