A windswept stopping point for migratory birds, the area is much-loved by residents, birdwatchers, walkers and cyclists and offers incredible views north to the second Severn Crossing and south to the Avonmouth docks – Bristol’s maritime portal to the rest of the world.
In its heyday, Severn Beach was known as “The Blackpool of the West” with large crowds arriving at the railway station from London at weekends.
Today the village offers quieter pleasures and, being well connected by train to Bristol, it is a great place to get outdoors and experience the estuary.
- Trying to spot a seal or an oystercatcher on the beach
- Following one of the AFL walking routes which start and end at Severn Beach
- Dropping in at Down’s Bakery for a hot drink and snack
- Checking out the sculptures or benches and interpretation points commissioned by AFL
- Taking a stroll back in time by following one of the heritage trails
- Visiting the charming Shirley’s Café for lunch
Hear Mike Edwards from the Pilning and Severn Beach history group talking about the photo archive and how he remembers the area in our video below.