Bewdley International Airport
Bewdley International Airport is the 'tongue-in-cheek' nickname of the private landing strip (ICAO code XEG3DW) in the field on the left of the line after leaving Bewdley Tunnel travelling towards Bewdley. Two small hangars and a windsock are located at the end of the field nearest Bewdley.
The 'Airport' is situated at Droppingwells Farm or Dropping Well Farm and is opposite The Devil's Spittleful. The farm is operated by J & W.E. Willets Ltd.
In 2020 100 acres at Dropping Well Farm were purchased by the Esmee Fairbairn Foundation through their Land Purchase Fund on behalf of Worcestershire Wildlife Trust, with the intention to restore heathland and connect with The Devil's Spittleful and Blackstone Farm Fields nature reserves and Wyre Forest District Council's Rifle Range and Burlish Top nature reserves. Before that time the grass strip had always been left intact when the field was ploughed; however by April 2021 it had been ploughed out suggesting it will no longer be used in future.
Access for photography
The location is accessed via the B4195 out of Bewdley towards the A456. A right turn immediately after the pedestrian crossing, before the roundabout, will lead you to a small car park, which has good access to the length of line. Once parked, cross the road and follow the lane in the Kidderminster direction (sign posted as a cycle way). Staying on the right side of the railway, you reach Bewdley 'Airport'. A gallery of photographers can sometimes be seen at the top of the field for views of trains on the SVRSevern Valley Railway. It should be noted that the area of the field used by photographers is not a public right of way.
Dropping Well Farm, Stourport Road, Bewdley, Worcestershire, DY12 1PZ
The nearest Postcode for Satnav directions is DY12 1PU
Lat. & Long. coordinates; 52.367587, -2.282182 View location on Google Maps
Ordnance Survey Grid Reference; SO 806744 View location on an OS map
- 'Plans to create 'largest heathland habitat' in Worcestershire, BBC, 21 October 2020 (Retrieved 22 October 2020)