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Severn Valley Country Park

Severn Valley Country Park


Near Alveley, nine miles south of Bridgnorth off the A442, grid ref SO756838. Our map shows all of our park and countryside sites around the county.

Car parking is available at a charge of £1.50 a day, between 10am and 4pm. An annual permit will cost £25 (£12.50 for Be Active Concessions). The income from the car parking fees will help to ensure the future of this fantastic park.


  • Extensive network of footpaths and bridleways
  • Way-marked trails
  • Easy access trail designed for all abilities, including a fully accessible bird hide
  • Permanent orienteering course
  • Route 45 cycle trail between Bridgnorth and Bewdley
  • Visitor centre and toilets
  • Tea shop offering a range of tasty seasonal products, both hot and cold.
  • Picnic areas
  • Parking at Alveley and Highley
  • The park is open daily from dawn to dusk

Visitor centre and teashop opening times

Call 01746 781192 (please note this phone is not manned every day).

Wednesday to Sunday, 11am until 5pm.

Saturday & Sunday, 11am until 4pm

Open every day during school holidays and bank holidays (except for Christmas Day and Boxing Day).

The tea shop offers a wide range of treats to tempt the tastebuds, including homemade cakes, freshly made sandwiches, filled baked potatoes, homestyle soup and roll, sweets, crisps, tea, coffee, hot chocolate and canned drinks.

The country park

The park and toilets are open all year round, all day, every day.

Our leaflet contains information and a map of the park.

At Severn Valley Country Park we welcome dogs and responsible dog owners. All that we ask is that dogs are kept on a lead in and around the picnic areas and livestock. Dog waste bags are available from a dispenser at the main Alveley car parkGuide dogs only are permitted inside the visitor centre.

An oasis of calm and beauty on the banks of the River Severn, this award-winning 51 hectare country park is dedicated to the quiet enjoyment of the countryside by all the family.

In winter, spend some time in our bird hide - you never know what you may spot on our wetland amongst the reedbeds and mudflats! Spring is a lovely time to be by the riverside, the air alive with birdsong amongst the willow trees…you might even spot an otter. In summer, feel the sun on your face as you wander through fields full of wildflowers and buzzing with insects. Autumn is the time to have a stroll through the woodlands, the trees glowing with golden hues, reds and yellows.

The story of Severn Valley Country Park began in the 1800s when coal mining began in Highley. Production switched to the Alveley Colliery in 1936 and at its peak employed 1000 men and produced some 300,000 tonnes of coal a year. Mining ceased in 1969 and the area was badly scarred by spoil heaps. 

In 1986 a reclamation scheme began, and in 1992 Severn Valley Country Park opened. It is now managed by Shropshire Council and attracts around 140,000 visitors a year.

Events at SVCP

We're running a full programme of events this year, including a sports day, outdoor theatre, guided walks and a pirate adventure day!

Education Activities

If you would like more information on education activities for schools available at Severn Valley Country Park take a look at our 'Educational activities at Severn Valley Country Park' page for details of the activities we can deliver.

Volunteering at the park

Volunteering events are run at the park every Tuesday from 9am to 3.30pm.
Please contact the staff for up to date details of the weekend volunteer programme.

Come along to join in and get involved.

Highley Trail

Why not follow the Highley Trail to discover a world of wild rivers, big views, fantastic wildlife and giant industry. This wonderful walk will take you up and down hills, over the River Severn, through woodlands and into historic villages.

The Green Flag Award

Severn Valley Country Park has been awarded Green Flag Status - the national standard for parks and green spaces. The judges particularly praised Severn Valley Country Park for its community involvement and strong links to various community groups, residents and local schools, and the active volunteer involvement. They also commended the park management for achieving the balance between providing a valuable recreational resource for local people and visitors as well as maintaining habitats for a wide variety of wildlife.

Overall, the judges' opinion of the park was that it is a well managed and delightful country park, with enthusiastic staff and volunteers.

To discover even more ways to enjoy your free time in Shropshire visit the Discover Shropshire website.


Severn Valley Country Park
01746 781192
Shropshire Council
Outdoor Recreation
Chapel Lane
WV15 6NG
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