The Wyre Forest is a large area of woodland in Worcestershire and Shropshire, to the west of the River Severn. Although reduced in size by de-forestation over the years, it still covers around 10 square miles, making it one of the largest remaining ancient woodlands in Britain. The majority of the Forest is managed by either Natural England or Forestry England, with large areas of it being designated as Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and National Nature Reserve.
The Severn Valley Railway served a number of collieries in the Wyre Forest Coalfield, which was largely centred in and around the Forest.
After crossing the river at Dowles Bridge, the Tenbury & Bewdley Railway ran through the centre of the Forest, and was therefore often referred to as the “Wyre Forest Line”. The disused trackbed is now part of National Cycle Route 45. Wyre Forest station was situated towards the western edge of the Forest.
The SVRSevern Valley RailwaySVRA:Severn Valley Railway AssociationSVRS:Severn Valley Railway Society does not enter the Wyre Forest, although the Forest can be seen across the Severn from the railway, in particular between Northwood Halt and Victoria Bridge.
Wrye Forest, Forestry England (Forest Enterprise England, the executive agency of the Forestry Commission responsible for managing its forest estate in England, from 1 April 2019 became Forestry England)
Wyre Forest National Nature Reserve (NE279), 9 June 2010
Worcestershire's National Nature Reserves, Natural England, 31 October 2008