We are very lucky to have some lovely countryside around the Wyre Forest which includes, in addition to the forest itself, two rivers, a canal and numerous nature reserves.
Last weekend with the River Severn so high, the flood defenses were deployed at Bewdley and we were unable to walk along the river as the towpath was flooded. Instead we took a walk along one of our local nature reserves, Burlish Top.
This is a walk we have done before, a clearly marked circular route with fantastic views across the countryside towards the river and West Midlands Safari Park.
But for some reason we have never done the circular route before, we always seem to stop half way at the main viewpoint and return along the same path. This week however we did the complete circle and came upon the hidden gem of local history that is Burlish Camp.
Take a look at the website for more information about the camp, which was one of two training camps for the US army during WW2, before becoming military hospitals. Between 1946 – 1960 one camp was being used for post war housing, mainly Polish Ex-Servicemen and their families who had been “displaced” from their homes in Europe, whilst the other camp was transformed into a nature reserve.
Here is as aerial photo of what it looked like during the war.