Travel Theme: Rivers

Ailsa of “Where’s My Backpack?” is up the creek without a paddle – or in other words, would like to see RIVERS this week. If you would like to join in with her challenge then please do. Everyone is welcome.

Having shown several images of my local rivers, the Teme and the Corve, this week I have a couple of shots of the River Severn in Shrewsbury, where it loops around the town almost creating an island.

Above (header) is a photo of the Boathouse. It is situated on the fringes of Frankwell and Kingsland, beside a recently refurbished foot-bridge (below) that carries walkers into Quarry Park. In mid summer the patio buzzes with joyful chatter and clinking glasses as patrons sit with a view across the Severn as it snakes its way through the town.  Surprisingly there aren’t many pubs by the side of the river and this is probably the best. 



The ‘Sabrina’ is available for gentle cruises along the river through Shrewsbury, a nice way to see the neighbours.

Have you taken a river cruise in England?

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I have lived in the UK for most of my life, but when young I definitely had wanderlust and even ended up living in South Africa for several years which was a wonderful experience. I now look forward to a long and leisurely retirement doing what I like most - gardening, photography, walking and travelling.

33 thoughts on “Travel Theme: Rivers”

  1. I love being by the water, have taken a few river cruises here, most recently in Bath a couple of year’s ago and then of course our holiday on the Norfolk Broads last year. Nothing quite so beautiful and relaxing as a river cruise…
    Lovely photo particularly of the Boathouse…looks so inviting, the perfect place to sit and relax and watch the world go by, on or off the water!
    Have a great weekend Jude 🙂 xx

    1. I wasn’t aware they did river cruises in Bath. I know they do in York, but I never went on one. Maybe it’s an age thing – I quite fancy a river cruise in Europe now 🙂

      And many an hour was spent at the Boathouse during my short time in Shrewsbury, best place for a Weissbier, which I am quite partial to 😀

      1. Yes, short ones on the River Avon. We did one on my birthday a couple of September’s ago and we got to see a Kingfisher, it was wonderful. Oh yes, a river cruise in Europe would be lovely. We did also do an evening one on the Thames a few years ago, with dinner. That was magical.
        I would have done the same at the Boathouse.. 🙂

        1. I would love to see a kingfisher, there are supposed to be some around here but I have never seen one.

        2. They are very shy. I was stunned when we came across one in Bath AND that it stayed still for me to photograph it!! I hope you do get to see one…you never know… 😉

    1. The only time I have was a private cruise and I spilled my glass of wine due to the sloping table (hadn’t even had a sip!) annoyingly all over the camera 😦

  2. I like the look of those ‘Viking River Cruises’ advertised on TV too. They are fiercely expensive though.
    The photos of the Severn look very nice Jude, and make me want to visit that area again.
    I did a cruise down the Nile for five days, in 1989, It was one of the best things I have ever done, and I would recommend it.
    Regards as always, Pete. x

    1. Have you cruised in England Pete? On the Broads maybe? Plenty of water your way – or on the Thames even?

      1. No,we haven’t been on the water in Norfolk yet. I have been along the Thames on many occasions, also some of the lakes in the Lake District. they were trips though, with no overnight stays. We have talked about doing the river cruise through Norwich City. Julie is off next week, so that’s an idea…X

        1. We’re off to the Lakes at the end of the month and I hope the weather is good enough to go on a few of them, I quite fancy a gentle holiday for a change!

    1. I’d like to take a proper cruise (this is just an hour’s trip up the river) around the British Isles, but it is very expensive! Where you are I assume you often go on the ferries across to the islands. Or even to Canada! I loved the BC ferries 🙂

      1. Yes, trips on the ferries are one of my favorite things to do around here. :). The views are amazing and the fares are a great deal compared to a full cruise.

        1. I think it would be fun too. A cheaper option would be the Alaska Ferry which leaves from Bellingham, WA close to the Canadian border but it wouldn’t be as cushy a trip as on a cruise ship. 🙂

  3. Nice! The shots remind me of the many enjoyable hours I have spent along the Thames Path. A different river, of course, but with similar lushly green banks.

    1. Any river (or even a canal) with a footpath alongside is a great place to walk along, preferably with greenery!

  4. Beautiful river scenes, Jude. No, I’ve not done a river cruise in England. It looks really peaceful, and reminds me of that old song, “Cruising down the river on a Sunday afternoon.”

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