River Severn Walks and Outdoor Fun

The River Severn And Severn Estuary is a stunning place to walk, photograph or even go fishing. The river runs through the heart of Gloucestershire and has a few bridges crossing it.

River Severn

The Severn is the longest river in Great Britain, it happens to be 220 miles long. The tidal river downstream from Gloucester is sometimes referred to as the Severn Estuary.

River Severn at Elmore Back

One of the unique aspects of the lower reaches of the river from Gloucester downstream is the tidal wave called The Severn Bore. This is a wave that flows against the current and is often surged or marvelled at by spectators when it is a big one.


The Severn has walk dedicated to walking its course called The Severn Way. The Severn Way is a long-distance walk from Powys all the way to Bristol. There are plenty of shorter walks along the banks for people to enjoy.

Stonebench & Elmore

One of my favourites is in the Stonebench and Elmore area as it is so quiet and in the tidal section of the river. The walk is best started in Either Hardwicke cutting through farmland or starting at the small car park at Weir Green in Elmore. The walk is very enjoyable with great views of the local countryside and a chance to spot some wildlife. More info…

Bullo Pill

View Of Newnham-On-Severn
View Of Newnham-On-Severn

A tiny village on the Forest of Dean side of the estuary is a nice walk with views across the river towards Arlingham. The walk includes some nice woodland called Box Grove Woods. More info…

Westgate Island

Westgate Island is not far from the city of Gloucester and is a nice short walk near to the river as well as a former boating lake. The parkland also has a raised railway line running through it which has some interesting archways to walk through.


There are opportunities for fishing on the river, it is best to check with the landowners and authorities. One opportunity at The Red Lion Inn at Wainlodes campsite where you can hire a pitch. The river is famous for its commercial elver fishing.


There are a variety of pubs and eateries on the banks, many with beer gardens so you can enjoy the views.

The Old Passage Inn

Located in the village of Arlingham, The Old Passage overlooks the estuary and the beautiful surrounding countryside. The Old Passage is predominantly a seafood restaurant serving some very delicious food. More info…

The Anchor

Located on the riverbank in Epney near to Saul, The Anchor Inn is a nice countryside pub. The Anchor Inn has a beer garden with some fantastic views and a great spot to watch the bore. They also have a food menu for you to eat inside the pub or on a bench outside. More info…