Best in Shropshire

River Severn (nr Cressage)

(A classic FIVE TRUNK location, just look at that view)

Location

Approx 500m from the village of Cressage (c. 10km SE of Shrewsbury). Parking by bridge and enter the field on the N side.

Grid Ref

Features

Easy access from most of the bank to the north of the bridge (watch out for nettles). Gentle stones underfoot and then it get deep. Nice strong current. JUST LOOK AT THE VIEW

Hazards

Ignoring the current (not too bad when I was there) and the nettles the only real hazard are FISHERMEN. I had to forfeit a self-photograph of me with the Wrekin in the background because of such chaps (I thought they didn’t catch fish on sunny days, oh, sorry, that not the reason they “fish”).

Date of Last Swim

10th August 2003


River Severn (nr Emstrey)

(A FOUR TRUNK location)

!!! PHOTO AVAILABLE ON REQUEST !!!

Location

Approx 2km east of Shrewsbury near the B4380. Access is from the south bank which is a footpath known as the Severn Way. Several spots are ok for swimming but the best access from at the top of the meander NE of Emstrey.

Grid Ref

SJ533/108

Features

Good long swims are possible around here (even in the summer when the water level has dropped alot).

Hazards

Alot of fishermen can be found in this stretch. They don’t seem a happy lot but at least there fishing spots provide access to the river which otherwise can be quite difficult.

Date of Last Swim

8th August 2003


River Severn (nr Crewgreen)

(A FIVE TRUNK location)

Location

Approx 15km west of Shrewsbury just north of the village of Crewgreen. Park by the bridge for the minor road that crosses the river here.

Grid Ref

SJ332/155

Features

Well where to start. This is one of those places where you can swim from England across to Wales, or from Wales across to England (ie the river is the border). Theres a strange looking metal bridge for the minor road to swim under. You can swim upstream to the confluence with the Afon Efymwy (and therefore clock another river). Its a lovely setting. It was warm.

Hazards

Access to the river is a bit difficult in the summer (judging by the tree trunks attached to the upper reaches of the bridge this isn’t a problem in the winter!!).

Date of Last Swim

12th July 2013 (on route to the Workhouse Festival)