River Severn

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The River Severn

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The River Severn at Bridgnorth

The River Severn divides Bridgnorth into two towns: the High Town and the Low Town.

Distance from Source: 149 km (89 miles)

Height above Sea Level: 31m

Width of river: 47m

image: view from high town
View from High Town looking down on Bridge Stree and Low Town

The two towns are connected by the steepest inland cliff railway in Britain.

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Bridgnorth Cliff Railway

Upstream from the town, you can see a river cliff

image: river cliff

Like many towns and villages along the River Severn, Bridgnorth is prone to flooding. The photo below shows the result of fast flowing flood wars on the vegetation. Notice how the branches lean in the same direction as the flow of the river.

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