Two weeks ago the BBC1 programme, Countryfile, featured the Wye Valley and Forest of Dean and this week we are on again. You have just missed the biggest day-time bore this year but you can watch it on Countryfile as Matt Baker as explores this natural wonder and surfs the wave. BBC1, Sunday 14 March, 6pm. Further details.
The River Severn, forming the eastern boundary of the Forest of Dean, has the second largest tidal range in the world, up to 15m (50 feet). During the spring and autumn it is also the site for a truly spectacular event, as the Severn bore makes its way up the this tidal estuary. The bore travels about 33km from Awre to Gloucester taking about 2¼ hours depending upon conditions. The height and speed of the bore increases as it moves upstream from the wide estuary at Newnham to the much narrow sections around Minsterworth, where the height can reach nearly 3m and the speed up to 20 km/h.
The best place to watch the bore in the Forest is at Minsterworth and the next large bores are on 30 and 31 March 2010. It is always worth arriving in plenty of time as car parking can be difficult. A timetable of bore times is published here.