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  • This area is very well suited to exercising dogs, playing games such as sponge ball cricket or tennis, or simply having a picnic in the sun - although the path that runs between this field and the River Severn is very well provided with benches so I think I would recommend that you sit there to eat and drink unless there is some particular reason not to, such as not wanting to get in the way of a children's football game or a particularly boisterous dog

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      It is so often the way that people are so eager to find out about, and travel to, far flung locales perhaps many hundreds or even thousands of miles away from where they live that they pass over, perhaps without even realising it, places much closer to home that while maybe not as strange and unfamiliar can nevertheless still offer a very pleasant atmosphere. This in fact, is what I have found myself when it comes to the Riverside Meadows in Stourport, northern Worcestershire.

      This area occupies a large strip of land on the town side bank of the River Severn, running from the elegant 19th century bridge on the edge of the town centre for something around half a mile to the edge of town, where it links up with the Severn Way long distance footpath as well as a shorter “town circular” type of trail. There is no charge for entry (something which is always likely to prove attractive, and which certainly does to me!) and


      the park is open all the year round except when repair work is taking place.

      The end of the park closest to the bridge is where the more organised attractions can be found, most of which are aimed at younger children. I was a young child once - some years ago, sadly! - and the general feel of the area has not changed a great deal in all that time. A few new features have been added, a skateboard ramp among them, but in general you can still expect to find a traditional array of ice cream stands, swings and roundabouts, and mini golf courses. I ought to caution, however, that some of these are not open out of the high season.

      Beyond this area lies the car park, which is quite spacious - I have very rarely seen it crammed solid even in the middle of the school summer holidays. Parking charges are much the same as you would be likely to find anywhere else, and in general ...


      • I have found that the pay and display machines are reliable. The only free public toilets in Stourport - a ludicrous state of affairs - are also here, and are usually fairly clean albeit nothing that seems to me to be very likely to be in the running for a Loo of the Year award!

        If you keep going beyond the car park you will come to a large grassy open space. This area is very well suited to exercising dogs, playing games such as sponge ball cricket or tennis, or simply having a picnic in the sun - although the path that runs between this field and the River Severn is very well provided with benches so I think I would recommend that you sit there to eat and drink unless there is some particular reason not to, such as not wanting to get in the way of a children’s football game or a particularly boisterous dog!

        As far as I am concerned, possibly the nicest thing to

        do in the park, at least assuming that the weather is good, is simply to stroll along the aforementioned footpath and enjoy the relative peace and quiet that usually prevails here. There is usually a good deal of birdsong to be heard, and while the views over the river are not spectacular, they are quite nice to look at. Stourport is not the most restful of towns for the most part, so I really do enjoy ambling along here and getting away from the bustle of the town centre for a little while at least.

        Riverside Meadows is unlikely ever to be mentioned by the tourist guides in the same breath as some of the more famous such places, and to be perfectly honest it doesn’t really deserve to be. However, that is not intended as any sort of insult or put-down - instead it is simply an acceptance that this is a gentle, unassuming sort of a tourist draw, and personally I think that is exactly how it should be.




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