Our first stop was the car park on the Dudmaston Hall Estate, at the point where the Hampton Loade ferry crossed the River Severn. Despite the signage indicating otherwise, it didn't look as though the thing had run for a long time.
|Walking routes around and through the Dudmaston Estate|
|The winch for the ferry|
|Open? I don't think so!|
|Plan of the waymarked walking routes around the park|
|Wood carving commemorating the park's industrial heritage|
|Wood sculpture in the children's playground|
|This little fella happily posed for pictures|
|Over the bridge and turn right|
|Follow the path around the pond|
|The River Severn is on your left|
|Up the steps|
|Cross the bridge|
|One of the Saxon warrior way markers of the Mercian Way|
|We stopped to play Pooh Sticks|
Here the path goes off in several directions. This way leads to Highley station on the Severn Valley Railway.
|Adjacent to Country Park Halt|
No trains were scheduled today, so we expected to find totally clear tracks. And we did. Until we heard a whistle in the distance and the unmistakable chuff-chuff sound of a steam train. Small, who can't cope with loud noises, went and hid.
Sure enough an engine, hauling a couple of carriages full of people in bright orange jackets, puffed towards us, giving us a cheery wave as they went past. An unexpected and pleasant surprise to see a train and obviously making better headway than the one that fetched us back from Kidderminster the other day!
We headed back to the path and continued on our way. Managing to miss the steps down onto the lower path, we ended up beside the river on a very muddy section of the path. It was much easier to find the steps from here so we headed back up onto the far less muddy bit of path and back to the bridge. From there, we followed the markers back to the visitor centre.
A thoroughly enjoyable walk and a nicely tired Small who slept like a log.
Until next time. x