|The surge-wave of the bore comes round the corner towards us.|
|The bore passes on upstream.|
Despite the grey wet day it was an amazing experience, and highly recommendable. Numerous websites give details, but this one is particularly helpful. The next three-star bore is due, conveniently, on 7 May, the next Bank Holiday, but will occur in the evening.
Along the riverbank were a number of the magnificent old fruit trees that the Severn valley is famous for, relicts of ancient orchards. A group of enormous pear trees was particularly remarkable, but close inspection showed them all to be rotten through and through, though bearing healthy crowns. The sad thing is that there are no replacements whatsoever in these sites, so once the old trees go that will be it - a loss of beauty and agricultural heritage.
|A group of huge old pear trees near Weir Green.|
|Gnarled but still vigorous: one of the old pear trees.|