Oh to be a Shropshire Lad Messing about on a River! (33490)

Event Overview

 "Oh fair enough are sky and plain                                                                                  But I know fairer far                                                                                                        Those are as beautiful again                                                                                          That in the Waters are;                                                                                                  The Po...

 "Oh fair enough are sky and plain                                                                                  But I know fairer far                                                                                                        Those are as beautiful again                                                                                          That in the Waters are;                                                                                                  The Pools & River wash so clean                                                                                    The trees and clouds and air                                                                                          The like on earth was never seen                                                                                  And Oh that I were There!                                                                                              These are the thoughts I often think                                                                              As I stand gazing down                                                                                                  In act upon the grassy bank                                                                                          To strip and dive and not drown!                                                                                  A Silly Lad that longs & looks and wishes He were I "                                                         With apologies to A E Houseman!

This weekend bunkhouse event is all about having fun on the River Severn by (Canadian) canoeing in pairs down the River from Bridgenorth to Bewdley and returning by Steam Train on the Severn Valley Railway! 

We are staying in a converted 16thC Tudor Farm building with modern facilities on the Dudmaston Estate (National Trust) near the hamlet of Quatford just south of Bridgenorth. There is a seperate page event to book on the canoeing trip.

If you don`t fancy messing about on the River then there are great attractions close by such as pretty Bridgenorth itself on the banks of the River Severn and Ironbridge World Heritage Site & Bliss Hill. On the Sunday we will aim to explore the many walkways around the vast wooded Dudmaston Estate with amazing vistas and tranquility across the Shropshire countryside and the distant Malverns, check out the formal gardens and end up at the award winning Cafe for a Sunday Lunch.


Friday - Arrive and settle in from 5pm onwards with a laden buffet table to suit all tastes provided by yourselves! Mingle & socialise with a briefing late evening.

Saturday - Provision of a healthy Breakfast. Then the canoeists gather to share several cars to take us into Bridgenorth and report to the Quay for safety and technical briefing. Sort ourselves into pairs or threesomes! and take to the River. There will be a stop for lunch halfway down the River (note only one small gentle set of rapids or such to navigate!) so please bring a packed lunch and snacks and drinks for the journey! Back into the canoe`s and onto Bewdley after another brief leg stretching halt, where we disembark and onto the Train for the return to Bridgenorth. For alternative places to visit there will be local knowledge and advice (ie Jason!). 

Back to the Bunkhouse and mine host will provide a hearty 3 course dinner followed by socialising and Tales from the Riverbank! There might even be some dog walking activity on offer!

Sunday - Provision of Breakfast , pack up , clean up and set off for a good hike round the Estate and Sunday Lunch at the Hall Cafe and we go our seperate ways.

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What to bring

It all depends what activities you will be doing! Casual for around the bunkhouse in the evening and early morning! NO Bedding is provided as its a Bunkhouse so please bring a sleeping Bag and Pillow and/or duvet/sleeping sheet whichever is your preference. 

For the canoeing - old t-shirt/shorts/trackie bottoms and pumps/trainers would be best plus a waterproof, jumper and towel and a change of dry clothes and shoes for coming back on the train. So a backpack (preferably with a waterproof cover or at best a big plastic bag!) to put it all in and your packed lunch and drinks. A sunhat or woolly beany (well you never know!!) and maybe some sturdy gloves to ward off the potential for blisters!?

For walking on Sunday the usual hiking gear and boots to cover all weather eventualities!

Food & Drink

The event cost includes breakfast on Saturday and Sunday, a 3 course Meal on Saturday night and tea/coffee, cordial throughout the weekend.

You will need to bring food for your own packed lunch on Saturday and any extra drinks you want for evening quaffing & munchies!!.

On Friday night there will be a Buffet tea and you are asked to bring a contribution - Please show some imagination and initiative but only provision for upto 2 people! A savoury and dessert is appropriate and home made will be very welcome indeed!

Meeting & Times

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Situated on the Dudmaston Estate, a National Trust property 4 miles east of Bridgnorth, Big Mose Bunkhouse accommodates groups of up to 18 people in 4 bunkrooms of 2/4 & 6 sizes. The converted Tudor farmhouse offers a large living area with a TV/DVD and lots of games for those rainy days, a dining area where everyone can sit together and enjoy reflecting on the day’s adventures and a fully equipped kitchen area. Sleeping bags required. There are 5 showers and 4 wc`s.

Rooms & Beds: 18: 1×2, 1×4, 2×6, 


Big Mose is located just off the A458 near to Bridgnorth


From Bridgnorth - Take A458 towards Stourbridge. Travel 3 miles and after a small pine wood on right, take right hand turning to Mose. Approx 1/4 mile along take a left down a track with a small National Trust sign leading to the bunkhouse.

From Stourbridge/ Wolverhampton - head along the A449 and at Stourton Head west on the A458 towards Bridgnorth.  After 6 miles pass through Six Ashes, past an old steel factory on the right at the begining of a straight stretch of the road, after the right hand bend pass through the cross roads and the Mose turning is on the left as you climb the hill. 

From Kidderminster - head west on the A442 , cross the Shropshire border and after you've passed through Quatt follow the sign to Claverley. At the A458 turn left up the hill towards Bridgnorth and the turning to Mose is the next left.

Public Transport:

Nearest Train stations are at Telford, Wolverhampton or Kidderminster. If your coming by train then please inform myself or Jason and we will try to organise a lift to the bunkhouse.

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