Ben Bentley continues his month-long campaign to highlight the area’s top visitor attractions. Today it’s the turn of Bridgnorth Cliff Railway.
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Where is it? Connecting High Town to Low Town, the Low Town station is by the bridge in Bridgnorth; the High Town station is in Castle Terrace.
What is it? A splendid funicular railway which opened on July, 7 1892, and which has just celebrated its 120 years anniversary.
Its function is to make access between Low Town and High Town easier thus avoiding the need to scale the 200 or so steps. It was originally water powered but is now electrically operated using a 32hp mining type motor coupled to the winding mechanism. There are two cars each having their own haulage rope with a third rope connecting the two cars together which acts as a safety and balance rope.
This is the steepest inland funicular railway in the UK with a track that is 201 feet long with a rise of 111ft which consists of a double run of tracks, one for each car.
How much is it? £1.10 return with children under the age of six allowed free travel. For a group of 15 or more there is a group ticket which works out at £1 per person.
What is there to do? What goes up must come down – and with the Bridgnorth Cliff Railway you can do both, admiring the stunning views of the surrounding town both on the way up and down on this most romantic of short trips.
Pop into the lower station and take a ride from Low Town to the top to enjoy the superb views across Low Town and the River Severn. Head to the Winding House tearoom where you can view the machinery which operates the cliff railway, or take refreshments and sit out on the terrace and watch the carriages travel up and down. Stroll along the Castle Walkway and visit the castle ruins, yet again taking in the superb views on the way.
Take a walk around the town of Bridgnorth with its variety of shops and eating places, taking in the old buildings and architecture.
Not a whole day out in itself, perhaps, but the railway is certainly a great way to explore a splendid market town.
Interesting fact: The railway has featured many times on television programmes and it is not uncommon for proposals of marriage to take place. Who knows – you might get lucky!
Opening times: The railway is open all the year round except for Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day, from 8am to 8pm Monday to Saturday and noon to 8pm Sunday.
Further information: Visit www.bridgnorthcliffrailway.co.uk or phone 01746 762052.