Experience the waves of The Severn Bore

Minsterworth, Forest of Dean

Experience a natural phenomenon known as The Severn Bore, a tidal surge that sweeps up the River Severn and attracts both spectators and surfers.

The Severn Bore has one of the highest tidal ranges in the world and a few times a year the waters rush in at speeds of up to 13mph, forming waves up to two metres high. It’s quite the spectacle. The largest surge waves, or bores, occur around the high tides nearest the spring and autumn equinoxes.

Surfers, kayakers, paddle boarders and some rather astonished ducks line the waves surging inland. It can be viewed from a number of places, but one of the best spots is from Minsterworth. A popular past time of the this wonderful phenomena is surfing and water skiing from the local water ski club, perfect for those seeking that kick of adrenaline.

But you don’t have to ride the water yourself, you can simply watch one of Britain’s most incredible natural wonders from the banks. You’ll get a clear view, and hear the roar of the bore, at night too. The Severn Bore Inn floodlights the river for nocturnal sightings.

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