Enjoy a walk along the banks of the River Severn from Upton upon Severn across the ancient flood meadows known as “The Ham”.
The 60 hectares of flood plain next to Upton, called “The Ham”, are one of the oldest Lammas meadows in the country. No Fertilisers, pesticides or herbicides are used and it has been granted the title of Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI). The Grasslands Trust explains that the Lammas meadows are a special kind of flood meadow managed under a common system, whereby strips of meadow are randomly allotted (by drawing lots) to commoners to take hay, but grazing is shared by all commoners. The Lammas meadow system is very ancient, possibly over a thousand years old.
Start your walk from the end of Waterside and the down Dunn’s Lane. The Upton upon Severn Short Walks leaflet includes a Walk on the Upper Ham.