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Top places to live in Worcestershire Bewdley

If riverside living is the dream then it doesn't come prettier than Bewdley - and it's spot-on for fun-seekers too, with the Wyre Forest and a safari park right on your doorstep. Part of our Top 200 Places to Live series.

River view of Bewdley
Beautiful Bewdley

WHY?

Squint a bit now – yes, it could be Amsterdam! Bewdley’s scenic riverside setting is utterly charming, and this small Georgian town is filled with lovely walks, a museum, gardens and almost 20 pubs and restaurants. It’s also just minutes from the Wyre Forest – one of England’s largest remaining ancient forests – so a no-brainer if you’re into running, dog walks or nature. But despite its La Serenissima appearance Bewdley is no snoozy backwater, with major events running throughout the year from the brilliant River Regatta to the annual Bewdley Festival. There are also two market days each month, where you can meander, flat white and croissant in hand, down the riverside to buy your artisan bread, cheese, homewares and more.

EAT

For a relaxing river view while you dine, head to the Mug House Inn, set right on the waterside. For some of the best curry dishes around go to Severn Fine Indian Dining, and the Hop Pole Inn is a country-style pub that does hearty Sunday roasts.

SHOP

There’s a fair scattering of shops here, including Bewdley Blooms for floral gifts and pots, Mrs Chill’s, a retro ice-cream parlour that serves up exceptional, fully-loaded sundaes and The Park Royal Collection, a fantastic find that sells both modern design items and vintage interiors, including one-off gems like old cinema seats and retro advertising signs. For more choice head to Stourport, just a few miles south, for Bentleys – a local retail legend selling luxury gifts for 65 years – and funky Mooch for homewares.

NEARBY ATTRACTIONS

The ancient woodland of the Wyre Forest and National Nature Reserve surrounds Bewdley to the west, so lovers of forest and fauna will adore it here. Head to Go Ape, for some high-wire thrills or go to Arley Arboretum for beautiful walks. The brilliant West Midlands Safari and Leisure Park is also right here – with it’s new safari drive-through – one of the best places in the country to see and learn about animals.

AVERAGE HOUSE PRICE

Good value all round. Properties in Bewdley had an overall average price of £295,873 in 2021. The majority of sales were detached properties, selling for an average price of £419,545. Semi-detached properties sold for an average of £233,655, with terraced properties fetching £243,340.

SCHOOLS

Abberley Hall School, a day and boarding co-ed for ages 2 to 13 delivers great results in an idyllic Swallows and Amazons setting and the school is only eight miles from the town. Even closer is Heathfield Knoll School, situated in the picturesque village of Wolverley, an independent co-ed for ages 3 to 16 which embraces traditional heritage and ethos with a modern approach. For state options check out the local state secondary, The Bewdley School.

BEST KEPT SECRET

The West Midlands Safari Park launched eight, exclusive luxury lodges this year. Fully integrated into newly-updated reserves you’ll get spectacular savannah views of cheetah, elephants and giraffe whilst you eat breakfast. And check out the brand new Red Panda Retreat too.

COMMUTE

The mainline station at Kidderminster is the best bet to get back to the capital. It is a 10 minute drive away and the train journey takes two and a half hours. It is a 50 minute drive to the lights of Birmingham, and around 25 minutes from the nearest M5 junction.

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