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The Severn Bore

One of Britain's few truly spectacular natural phenomena

Natural World in or near Westbury-on-Severn


The Severn Bore is one of Britain's few truly spectacular natural phenomena. It is a large surge wave that can be seen in the estuary of the River Severn, where the tidal range is the 2nd highest in the world, being as much as 50 feet (approx. 15.4m).

The bore can be viewed from a number of places but the best views are from Minsterworth. A public footpath runs along the river bank. Access to this is adjacent to the Church, where there is a lectern giving information about the Bore. Please use one of the car parks and do not park along Church Lane. There is no fixed charge for parking, but a voluntary contribution is requested. A collection box is sited at the pedestrian exits. Toilets at both car parks are usually available when there are 4 star week-end Bores, but not at other times and not at the Village Hall for evening Bores.

See the website for times and viewing locations.


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