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Choo Choo: A weekend on the Severn Valley Railway

I’ve been really enjoying writing more personal posts recently and it’s something I want to continue to incorporate into my blog. I wrote about my smear test, what I got my mum for her birthday and about my birthday day out at Paradise Wildlife Park. I like injecting a bit of my personal life into my blog because I love reading those types of posts too! So today, I want to tell you about a trip away I had in September to the Severn Valley Railway! It was a new experience for me but one that I really enjoyed. 

First of all, it was a spur of the moment decision to go. My boyfriend’s grandparents were supposed to be going but didn’t so there was some spare space so I decided why the heck not! We drove to Bridgnorth from Lincolnshire on Thursday morning for the beginning of the Autumn Steam Gala, which runs along the line from Bridgnorth to Kidderminster and uses various different steam engines – some of which are over 100 years old. I’ve never actually been on a steam train before myself but I quickly found out that they’re really quite nice – a lot like the Hogwarts Express and the scenery along the route is to die for.

Bridgnorth to Kidderminster takes roughly an hour and a quarter on the train so it really was a slow, relaxing holiday. Plenty of time to listen to music, read, chat, think and just look out of the window at the lovely scenery. You’d think it would be boring, spending the majority of 4 days on and off of trains but it really wasn’t, there is so much to look at and so many people to meet that it’s impossible to get bored. The stop off times vary and you can always get off at each individual station and have a look around. They’re super cute and quaint, most of which had little book sales (which I took advantage of) and were plastered with old school advertising posters as they would have been back in the day.

We stopped for dinner each night, my favourite being a pub meal at The Ship Inn and my burger and chips was to die for. The trains also ran throughout the entire night on Friday and Saturday so I stayed on well until it got dark (and until I got too tired) and it’s a whole different experience, being on the trains in the dark. It’s really eerie but I loved it. My boyfriend’s family have taken these holidays his whole life but this was my first one and not something I ever thought I would enjoy. But even if you’re not that interested in trains (like me), it’s definitely not all about that.

Have you ever been on the Severn Valley Railway? Would you like to go? Where’s your favourite staycation destination?

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Jenny in Neverland

Twenty-something lifestyle blogger from Essex. Book lover, Slytherin, organisational wizard and enjoys Motorsport, Disney and Yoga.

50 Comments

  1. Barrie @ railwayblogger says:

    Looks like you had a great time on the Severn Valley Railway and glad that your boyfriend introduced you to this. There are lots more heritage railways to enjoy so hope you choose to visit another one soon. They all have their own unique characteristics!

  2. This sounds like an amazing trip, I have never been on the seven valley railway but what a good idea!

    Jen xxx

    1. I hadn’t even heard of it until this year! Was lovely (: xxx

  3. Ooo I love the sound of this the views look so pretty to

  4. What a fun and different idea for a holiday. Sounds lovely! xx

    1. Thank you, it was! xxx

  5. themymanylovesblog says:

    This is such a good idea for a little trip! My little cousin is obsessed with trains so i’ll have to look into taking her! x

    1. Awh cutie! xx

  6. Emma Langlands says:

    This looks so nice, the scenery is beautiful! xox
    http://www.emmalanglands.co.uk

    1. It really is (: xx

  7. the countryside looks STUNNING! I’ve never visited that area but it looks quite beautiful

    Hannah @ The Northern Writes | http://www.thenorthernwrites.co.uk

    1. It really is lovely. I can’t wait to go back (: xx

  8. I love reading your more personal posts Jenny! This looks like such an adorable little trip and the scenery looks gorgeous! I’m glad you had a lovely time xxx

    1. Thank you! I’d love to do more of these type of posts 😘 xxx

  9. what a cute train with spectacular views! Gibraltar is so small there isn’t really much else to explore aha! but i do like taking trips to Spain on the weekend xx

    G

    1. I love that you just take weekend trips to Spain! I’d love to do that!

  10. I love the photos hun! Looks like you had a great time! Xx

    Jamie | http://www.jamies-corner.com

    1. Thank you, I did (: xxx

  11. This looks like so much fun! I haven’t been on a train ride in ages.

    A Sparkle Of Grace

    1. It was so relaxing – not like a train ride in London haha

  12. This sounds like such a cute trip! I love staycations; I adore travelling all over the UK as there’s so much I haven’t seen yet!

    Sian x
    http://www.theenglisheverygirl.com

    1. Same! I adore the UK 😍

  13. I would never even considered a holiday of this style before, I didn’t even know they existed but it sounds fantastic. I’m so glad you had a lovely time. Xx

    1. Haha neither did I until I met my current boyfriend!

  14. abbeylouisarose says:

    It’s wonderful that this short break had so much to offer you, even though you’re not the biggest train lover! The scenery looks absolutely stunning and who can resist a little book sale at your stop off points hehe! I’m glad you enjoyed yourself – that burger and chips does sound heavenly!

    Abbey 💜 http://www.abbeylouisarose.co.uk

    1. Oh for sure! I can’t wait to go again. Sometimes it takes doing something you don’t think you’ll enjoy to perk you up a bit and things can really surprise you ☺️ xxx

  15. Isabel says:

    What a lovely holiday! I love riding on trains, and book shops, so you’ve kind of sold it to me just on that alone! I didn’t even know this was a type of holiday. I would love to go with my mum.

    1. Haha! I don’t know where you are in the UK but you should totally do it! They offer 1, 2 or 3 day tickets (you don’t have to do the whole thing). It really is lovely (: xx

  16. Éléa G. 🐇🍁 (@Eleaneacia) says:

    This looks so amazing, and the food so yummy!
    Okay, I wanna take all of those candies! ♥ and the train do looks like the Hogwarts Express! ^^

    1. Hehe thank you 😘

  17. carolineontheglobe says:

    Sounds like a great experience to have. It does look like a train from Harry Potter and the view is so beautiful. You two look so nice together 🙂 Thanks for sharing your experience. I would love to do it one day. Have a good weekend!

    1. Thank you 🙂 it was very Harry Potter like!

  18. Sounds like you had a lovely few days away! This is something I was never even aware you could do but it sounds like something my dad would love so Im going to have a look into it!

    Sarah | http://www.sazsinclair.com xx

    1. Me neither to be honest! (Until September if course) it’s a lovely weekend xxx

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  20. What an amazing trip! A train through gorgeous country is as good as it gets.

    1. Absolutely (: xx

      1. 🙂

  21. I wouldn’t ever think of doing this but it sounds like such a cute trip! And look at those views from the train!

    Claudia xo

    1. It was really lovely (: xxx

  22. This is such a good idea for a little holiday! I love train journeys and the scenery in your photos is beautiful! Also, I love your more personal posts, it’s so nice getting to know you a little better and see what makes you happy! 🙂
    Beth x

    1. Thank you! I’ll keep that in mind and hopefully can do more of them 🙂 xxx

  23. lisamclachlan says:

    What an amazing idea for a staycation. I’ve never been on a steam train and this is something my husband would love to do, I’m sure. And the idea of just sitting back and relaxing while the gorgeous scenery rolls by – heaven! Lovely review and thank you for a great idea! X

    Lisa | http://www.lisasnotebook.com

    1. You’re welcome! Honestly it’s so lovely, there’s so many nice pubs and a gorgeous river to have a wander by and tons of shops and lovely fish and chip shops along the route so there’s plenty to do if you’re not totally into trains like me. But it’s a great chance to catch up on a ton of reading! xxx

  24. I’ve had an obsession with trains ever since I was a child! That train is beauteous 😍😍😍

    1. Awh really! You sound like my boyfriend 🤣 you’d absolutely love this weekend!

  25. Kayleigh Zara says:

    This looks like an amazing trip! The view from the train looks amazing too and so lovely. I’m not really one for staycations because I prefer cities so maybe somewhere like oxford or Cambridge/London haha x

    Kayleigh Zara 🌿www.kayleighzaraa.com

    1. I’ve lived in a city my whole life, I hate it! You can get to really lovely towns etc from this Railway so it’s definitely not all countryside x

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