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Golf in the Wyre Forest

There are numerous golf clubs around the Wyre Forest including several championship standard courses with extensive facilities.  The nearest, Cleobury Golf Club, 2 miles west through the forest, has 27 holes in idyllic scenery, well stocked golf shop, club house, and dining facilities for up to 100 people.  Wharton Park Golf Club on the east side of the forest, 2.6 miles distant, has a Par71, 18 hole championship course to USGA standard, with panoramic views over the Worcestershire countryside, all weather driving ranges, golf academy and conference centre and choice of cafe or restaurant.  The more informal Little Lakes Golf Club, 3.1 miles distant, has 18 holes set in 250 acres of delightful mature landscape, a golf shop, heated swimming pool and inexpensive cafe.

Long Distance Footpaths

The 174km (109ml) Abberley and Malvern Hills Geopark Way is a geology themed long distance footpath running from Gloucester to Bridgnorth.  It passes through Manor Holding's grounds, linking it with numerous other long distance footpaths  and a dense network of shorter traffic free trails within the Wyre Forest.

Network of Broad Rides Through the Forest

Bridleway Network

A broad forest bridleway connects with the cottage drive linking it with an extensive  network of bridleways within the forest, including the 325km (203ml) Sabrina Way, which links to several other long distance bridleways.  Several nearby livery stables can supply horses and tack on request.

Huge Cycle Trail Network

Cycle trail Network

A comprehensive network of broad cycle paths and more challenging off-road routes laces through the forest, including an off road section of Sustrans' National Cycle Route 45, the Mercian Way.  The Mercian Way currently connects Stourport, Kidderminster, Bewdley, Arley, Highley, and Bridgnorth.  It is intended to extend it to reach Ironbridge and Gloucester at some time in the future.

GoApe Treetop Trail


GoApe's chain of assault course style tree top trails, has been established in the Wyre Forest close to the southern margins for several years, and provides reasonably safe adventurous play for agile adults, young at heart.  It can take several hours to complete the course.

Stottesdon Adventure Centre

The nearby Old Vicarage Adventure Centre at Stottesdon 7.6km (5ml) distant, provides a diverse range of organised adventurous play and team building for all ages, including group expeditions.

Fallow Deer (Photo by Ray's Fm) Manor Holding Resident

Wildlife Photography

A huge range of wildlife, and not so wild life, on your doorstep is just waiting for your camera, but you may have to get up early to catch the more elusive creatures and best lighting conditions.

Plant Hunting

There is an unusual concentration of rare species within the Wyre Forest Area, including plants, animals and some in neither of these kingdoms.  Particularly in the very extensive area classified as Site of Special Scientific Interest.


Natural History Studies

Frequent classes and field trips open to the public are held within the forest, many based on the Forestry Commission's field study and education centre at Callow Hill. To book facilities here including the "Sensory" sculpture trail Tel: 44(0) 1299 266 929.

Safari Park

If you prefer the thrill of more exotic wild animals then the West Midlands Safari Park in Bewdley should be ideal.  After inspecting the numerous animals in field and menagerie, you can finish off the day in the theme park funfair.

Countryside Crafts

Occasional one day taster workshops in various countryside crafts are taught in their appropriate seasons at Uncllys Farm, Bewdley on the eastern edge of the forest.


The two closest commercial vineyards, selling excellent wine, are at Halfpenny Green 17km (10ml) and Astley 13km (8ml) distant, north and south of the forest respectively.


The annual Wenlock Olympic Games (forerunner of the better known International Olympic Games) will be held in July as usual at Much Wenlock 25km (16ml) distant.  Entry to compete is open to the public for many of the events, see the Wenlock Olympian Society web site for details.


The River Severn at Bewdley is one of the better natural river rowing reaches in the country.  The Bewdley Rowing Club is very active and welcomes visiting rowers.  They hold regular race meetings.


Shooting is not permitted within the grounds of Manor Holding, so many pheasants prefer our side of the hedge to that of the neighbouring Winwoods Shoot, a short walk of a few hundered yards up the Geopark Way from Manor Holding.

Motor Race Hill Climb

Nearby Shelsley Walsh is the world's oldest motor racing circuit still in regular use, famous for the "Shelsley Walsh Hill Climb".


Occasional motocross race meets are held even nearer to hand at Mawley Oak on the south western edge of the forest, 2.6km (1.6ml) distant.


To get a better overview of the forest you may like to hire a balloon for the day.  There are balloon launching fields scattered around the district with one of the closer ones at Shelsley Walsh, 14km (9ml) distant.


A micro-lite flying school is based at Halfpenny Green 17km (10ml) distant.

Bewdley from the Air

Guest Comment

This has been a truly unforgettable and memorable experience. the silence is deafening and makes you imagine that you are really a long way back in time. The cottage is a work of art. The skill and attention to detail is wonderful. Truly rural England lives on here in this peaceful little haven. Everything I hoped for in a relaxing break. The visiting kitten (feral) was a bonus. Many thanks.

Lilian + Ted from York,


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