Stourport Open Spaces

Stourport-on-Severn is set in the heart of the scenic Severn Valley and has many opportunities to enjoy the great outdoors.

River Severn and Meadows – a beautiful spot by the river, with plenty of open green space for the whole family to enjoy. But that is not all – there are many attractions and activities available by the river, including boats to hire, a modern and exciting children’s play area, river cruises with the Stourport Steamer Co, crazy golf, a putting green, go-kart’s, a paddling pool, skateboard park, plus many amusements. The meadows also stage several big events throughout the year, visit the what’s on page to find out more.

Moorhall Marsh Local Nature Reserve – a quiet oasis on Moorhall Lane in Stourport, just behind the Riverside Meadows. An area covering 1.4 hectares, with a boardwalk path leading to an interpretation point allowing visitors to discover the local fauna and flora. The wetland nature of this reserve originates from the River Severn flood plain marshland, once extensive but now very scarce.

Hartlebury Common Nature Reserve – Located just on the edge of Stourport, this site of special scientific interest has a wide range of flora and fauna and it is a great place to enjoy a walk in the countryside. You will find oak and pine woods, a large pool and lots of open common land to explore. There are many well sign posted trails to follow on foot, by cycle or on horseback. The largest and most important area of heathland remaining in Worcestershire, this site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) is a delight to visit time and time again. With dappled woodlands, heather clad hills, a rare acid bog and a pool and brook that attracts lots of creatures, you're spoilt for choice on this site.

Stourport War Memorial Park faces both Lickhill Road and Park Avenue in Stourport. Owned and administered by Stourport Town Council as the sole Trustee and supported by the newly formed “Friends of Stourport War Memorial Park£ (Friends of the Park). The Park, formerly part of the grounds of Moor Hall, was purchased after the First World War by the then District Council as a memorial to the fallen from Stourport and surrounding area. Of the 200 local men who went to war 113 did not return.

Burlish Camp (also known and Burlish Top) - The nature reserve is approximately 35 hectares (86 acres) in size. The dominant habitat is heath and acid grassland, surrounded by oak and birch scrub. The acid grassland has been surveyed by many professional bodies, and Natural England rated it as the best quality acid grassland in the county. Wildlife on the site is typical for what you would expect on a heathland site, while reptiles are scarce due to the levels of disturbance from the public; however common lizard, grass snake and slow worm have been seen. There are many notable species of solitary bee and wasp which make use of the bare sandy soil, as do unusual heathland specialists, the green tiger beetle. The open areas are also utilised by a variety of ground feeding birds such as green woodpecker and as nesting sites for rarities like woodlark.  There are a few small pools on site; one in particular supports a good breeding population of smooth newt, common frog, various dragonflies, damselflies and great diving beetle. Although traditionally a heath, this has given way in the main to gorse and broom scrub. There has been an increase in the density of rare grey hair grass after scrub clearance carried out in previous years. The area has an interesting history, with the site being used as a World War II American Army training and hospital camp. All that remains from those days are concrete paths, and some foundations from the original buildings. Much of this has been highlighted along a way marked ‘History’ trail. The website 'Burlish Camp' has more on the history of the site.

In addition to the history trail, there are 3 other trails around the site, including 2 easy going routes, which take advantage of the sites historical concrete tracks, and a heathland circular, which also incorporates much of the Rifle Range SSSI. There is also a specially designed fitness trail (for walkers or runners) with stations along the way to take you though warm ups, techniques for the route and cool downs, this project is part of a Lottery Grant from Sport England.

Stourport Canal Basins - Discover a wealth of information about the historic heart of Stourport-on-Severn and its origin as a canal town at the award-winning Stourport Canal Basins. The basins remain largely intact from the golden age of the canals and have recently been restored, regenerated and returned to their original Georgian splendour, creating an exciting and informative heritage attraction.

The canal basins provide a great place to wander around at leisure and explore. The abundance of water creates an air of peace and tranquillity. Relax and unwind in one of the local pubs, cafes and restaurants in and around the Canal Basins. Watch boats travelling through the locks and five historic basins which house nearly 100 narrow boats and yachts and many listed Georgian houses and warehouses. From the canal basins you can discover the Staffordshire and Worcestershire Canal, take a walk from Stourport to Kidderminster.