The village of Westbury on Severn from the Forest of Dean.
Westbury offers several vantage points for watching the phenomenal "Severn Bore". Surfers and canoeists ride this amazing tidal wave as it rolls up the river. The not so energetic can watch the Bore from one of the local hostelries in the parish. The energetic sightseer can climb Garden Cliff, distinctly banded in red and gray, and (if you bring wellington boots - because it is always muddy) you can visit the foot of the cliff when the tide is out and find fossil plesiosaur bones and sharks teeth from the Rhaetic era, and collect coprolites (fossilised dinosaur dung!), fool's gold, and the amazing "devil's toenails".
The Westbury Court Garden is set on low land on the banks of the River SevernThe Westbury Court Garden is set on low land on the banks of the River Severn.
Westbury was restored in the 1970s to become the best example of a medium-sized 17th-century Dutch garden in England. An elegant pavilion, tall and slender, looks down along a long tank of water. On the walls are old apple, pear and plum cultivars. Parterres (now planted in the 17th-century style), fine modern topiary and a T-shaped tank with a statue of Neptune in the middle make up the rest of the garden. All the plants were known to cultivation before 1720. The garden is going through a period of consolidation; visitors should expect changes. The Water Gardens include a long canal bordered by yew hedges. An elegant Dutch style pavilion is at the head of one canal.
Visit the unusual parish church with its detached spire, and eat at the Red Lion Inn beside the church. Westbury parish hall is home to football and rugby in the winter, and cricket in the summer, the Golden Age Brownies, the Parish Council, and the Westbury Players, whose pantomimes are legendary. Visit in July and join in the fun and festivities at the carnival.
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