Arley Station on Severn Valley Railway
Arley Station has probably the most chocolate boxy image of all the stations on the Severn Valley line. All the stations are well maintained, but Arley just seems to stand out. They also maintain quite an extensive garden opposite the station, which gets better with every visit.
The station sits in quite an elevated position above the River Severn. You can stroll down the hill to the Harbour Pub, walk along the river to get a closer look at Victoria Bridge (which the line runs across), or cross the river via the footbridge to Arley village post office and shop, or climb the hill to Arley Arboretum.
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