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Walking the Severn Way

215 miles from the River Severn's source in Powys to Severn Beach near Bristol

Guidebook to walking the Severn Way, a 215 mile (344km) walk through the Welsh borders. Beginning near the source of the River Severn in Powys, mid-Wales, and finishing in Bristol, the history-rich route is described over 22 stages (ranging from 3 to 14 miles), passing through the counties of Powys, Shropshire, Worcestershire and Gloucestershire.


May to September should avoid the usual periods of flooding and the muddy aftermath they bring.


main centres are Worcester and Gloucester. Other centres are Newtown, Welshpool, Shrewsbury, Bridgnorth, Stourport and Tewkesbury, plus numerous small villages and hamlets.


a regular walker should find no difficulty following the Severn Way. Once descended from the Hafren Forest and the upper Severn, easy river walking ensues all the way to Severn Beach. Equipment and clothing for day walking is adequate.

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flowing through the most superb landscapes and past appealing towns and villages, the River Severn pulls together threads of history, trade, commerce, civil war and the lives of ordinary folk. It is the longest river in the UK.
30 May 2023
17.20 x 11.60 x .90cm

A guidebook to walking the Severn Way between the River Severn’s source at Powys and Bristol. Covering 344km (215 miles), this long-distance walk through the counties of Powys, Shropshire, Worcestershire and Gloucestershire takes around 3 weeks to hike and is suitable for all reasonably fit walkers.

The route is described from north to south in 22 stages, each between 6 and 23km (4–15 miles) in length. A variant route to the source of the river via Plynlimon and a link route from Severn Beach to Bristol city centre are also included.

  • 1:50,000 OS maps included for each stage
  • Detailed information on facilities and accommodation on route
  • Advice on planning and preparation
  • Highlights include Hafren Forest

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Terry Marsh Cicerone author MARSH

By Terry Marsh

Lancashire-born writer and photographer Dr Terry Marsh specialises in the outdoors and travel. He is the author or revision author/editor of over 100 guidebooks, including the award-winning Cicerone guides to the Coast to Coast Walk (first published in 1993), The Shropshire Way (1999) and Great Mountain Days in the Pennines (2013). Terry has a PhD in Historical Geography and is a fellow of the Royal Geographical Society (FRGS). He is a fellow of the Royal Geographical Society (FRGS), a Life Member of the Outdoor Writers and Photographers Guild and Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland (FSA (Scot)).

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