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Severn Vale

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The River Severn rises in the Welsh mountains and winds it's way through Shropshire, Worcestershire and Gloucestershire and ends in a vast estuary with the second highest tidal range in the world (which generates the famous tidal bore, or standing wave the moves up the river to well in land and is often a magnet for surfers looking for a challenge)

The Vale is roughly from Tewekesbury in the north to the Severn crossing of the M4, the Forest of Dean in the West and the Cotswolds in the East.

It's a fascinating part of England full of orchards and meadows, rich red-bricked buildings, some half timbered, Castles and the echo of battle.

Gloucester is at the centre of the Severn Vale, and is linked to the sea at Sharpness Docks via the 16 mile Gloucesters-Sharpness Ship Canal, making Gloucester the most in-land port of England. Take a look at Saul Junction, where the Cotswolds Canal crosses the Glos/Sharpness.

Berkeley Castle dating back to the 12th Century and is steeped in history with stories of murder, the Magna Carta and even connections with Shakespeare. Today the Castle sets the scene for a varied programme of events ranging from re-enactments to musical concerts and is still owned and occupied by the same family.

One of Berkeley’s inhabitants became one of the most famous doctors in history, saving millions of lives. Edward Jenner, the father of immunology who famously discovered the smallpox vaccine lived most of his life in Berkeley. Discover the Edward Jenner Museum.

The Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust at Slimbridge is a world leader in the field of migrating birds and a great day out.