The beautiful and historic village of Arley

The village of Upper Arley was an estate village, formerly owned in the early 19th century by the Earls of Mountnorris and the heirs the Viscounts Valentia.

In the late 20th century, it was owned by the philanthropist and iron and steel businessman Roger Turner, who bought the estate after selling his family’s tube making business the Wellington Steel Tube Co. Ltd.


There are many walks around Arley at four miles in length; The Upper Arley Circular Walk really is a family favourite. This waymarked circular trail starts in the picturesque Worcestershire village of Upper Arley, nestling on the bank of the River Severn. From the start point at the site of the old ferry crossing you are guided downstream through ancient woodland and sites of special scientific interest, onto Trimpley reservoirs and eventually back to Arley via permissive paths through a millennium orchard and a hidden Dell.

The Ferry

This was the most northerly of the Severn ferries in Worcestershire and the last in the county to operate on the Severn. The earliest references to it are in the Close Rolls of 1323 and, in 1331, when it was referred to as ‘the Ferry within the bounds of the Chase of Edmund de Mortimer, Earl of Wyre’. In 1602 there is a reference to ‘a passage called the Ferry boate’ in the possession of the Lyttletons, who were Lords of the Manor of Arley.

The ferry ran across the river until 1964 when it was decided to build the footbridge.


Arley lies on the banks of the river, and welcomes large numbers of visitors, particularly to its church, the Arley Arboretum, and the peaceful banks of the Severn.

Shatterford is well known for the Shatterford Lakes and Wildlife Park

Pound Green has its ancient Common, as well as attracting cyclists and walkers to the forest glades and paths.

A feature of the Parish is the Severn Valley Railway, running along the west bank of the River Severn. Arley Station brings thousands of visitors to the area every year.

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