The Mount Pleasant Tunnel, also called the Burlish Tunnel, was constructed to carry the original Severn Valley Railway line through a sandstone ridge. The tunnel and this section of track were never used when the railway was converted into a heritage line. It stands as an isolated landmark in the beautiful Worcestershire countryside.
|Engineer||Messrs Peto, Brassey and Betts|
|Maintained by||Severn Valley Railway (Holdings) PLC|
Free car park at Burlish Top Nature Reserve
Bewdley Road North – 1.7 miles
Open 24 / 7
What is the best way to enjoy Mount Pleasant Tunnel?
Start at the car park of Burlish Top Nature Reserve. Follow the straight dirt track that travels along the edge of the wood.
Take a left at the t-junction and follow the path around until you reach a fork. Take the right path.
You will descend through a wooded corridor before reaching a viaduct laden with ivy crossing over a country lane.
Notice the blue brick repairs to the red sandstone.
There is a path to your left, which leads up the embankment to the trackbed above.
Head south. Notice the railway relics such as the remains of sleepers.
As you approach the sandstone ridge that is Mount Pleasant, the railway tunnel will reveal itself after wading through trees and overgrowth. The northern portal is simple and attractive.
Enter the tunnel. Notice the sandstone walls, it is not a complete brick arch until 40 yards further in.
As you approach the southern portal, turn around for a view of the complete brick tunnel.
As you exit the southern portal, you will find yourself in a cutting.
The southern portal is not buried as much as its northern counterpart, allowing you to appreciate its voussoir.
If you continue south along the trackbed, you will reach a dead-end, and cannot get back to your starting position without crossing private land. We recommend you avoid this, so turn back through the tunnel and head back along the path you came.
How long does it take to see Mount Pleasant Tunnel?
It will take you approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes to walk a return journey to the Mount Pleasant Tunnel from the car park at Burlish Top Nature Reserve.
Is Mount Pleasant Tunnel suitable for a picnic?
There are no suitable spots for a picnic near the tunnel. You would be better off taking sandwiches and a flask of tea rather than a full-on spread.
How do I get to Mount Pleasant Tunnel?
The tunnel is only accessible from its northern portal; therefore, your best starting point is the car park at Burlish Top Nature Reserve. There is limited parking, if the car park is full, you can find extra space on Kingsway.
The nearest bus stop is a 15-minute walk away on Bewdley Road North, with services going to and from Stourport-on-Severn.
The tunnel is 375 ft (115 m) long and has a width of 16 ft (5 m) at rail level. This contravened the contract between the Severn Valley Railway and the contractors, which specified a minimum width for tunnels of 24 ft (7.3 m); therefore, the tunnel could only accommodate a single track .
- Marshall, J. (1989) The Severn Valley Railway. Nairn: Thomas & Lochar.