Walkers Are Welcome

Wellington in the County of The Wrekin (formerly in Shropshire) was awarded Walkers are Welcome status in June, 2010.

Our second festival was held on 1st to 7th July 2013
This is the page for that festival

Please see here for the current festival.

The 2013 Festival has now taken place- thank you to all our leaders and back markers. 

If you would like to leave feedback please email us.

We have given links below to the photos we have been sent, if you have any you are willing to share, please email us.

Wellington Walking Festival:  1st – 7th July 2013

 

The Full Programme of Free Walks & Events

 

Key

Themed walk - booking is essential

Walk on the Wrekin Forest Walks Map/ Postcard

Telford Town centre to Wellington by varied routes

Other walks on the Festival Programme

Walk

Time

Place

Grade

Leader

Booking
Availability as of 5th July

Monday 1st July

1. Bus Walk. High Ercall to Wellington 8 miles.
This fairly flat route follows the Shropshire Way to Wellington, along lanes and fields. Bring a packed lunch.

10.15 am

Wellington Bus station for the 10.25 bus to High Ercall.

Easy
but 2 hours

Betty Bleloch

-

2. WrekinForest Walks: Wrekin Summit from Wellington. 7.5 miles.
Return via the rifle range

3.30 pm

Wellington Leisure Centre
TF1 1LX

Generally moderate but with strenuous sections

Eve Clevenger

-

3. Wrekin Forest Walks: Ercall Wood Route, 7.5 miles.
With added bonus of ecological interpretation

6.30 pm

Wellington Leisure Centre
TF1 1LX

Generally moderate but with some steep sections

John Box (ecology), Naomi Wrighton

See Picture

Tuesday 2nd July

4. TelfordTown Centre - Wellington. Alternative 1. 8-9 miles.
via Silkin Way

8.50 am

Platform 1, Wellington Station
for 09.00 train to Telford

Moderate

Margaret Barnes

-

5. Through the Past Darkly. Wrekin Landscape and Wildlife Photography Walk
exploring 2000 years of Wellington history in 2 hours.

10.30 am

outside All Saints Church
TF1 3HA

Easy
2-2.5 hours, about 2 miles

Marc Petty

-

6.Guided History Walk Through Apley Woods
with refreshments served afterwards.

2.00 pm

At the entrance to the woods off Peregrine Way
by the black wrought iron horse gate
TF1 6TH

Easy/moderate
(some uneven paths and steps) about 1.5 hours and 2 miles

Friends of Apley Woods

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7. WrekinForest Walks: Limekiln longer alternative 5 miles.

6.30 pm

Wellington Leisure Centre
TF1 1LX

Moderate

Dave Hart

-

Wednesday 3rd July

8.BeanHill Valley Circular
A stroll of 2 hours looking at the site past and present taking in woodland and TeeLake.

10.30 am

At gated entrance on Shawbirch Road, B4394, opposite Brandon Avenue
TF1 6TH

Easy,
flat, no steps, may be muddy in places about 1.5 hours and 2 miles

Cadi Price
Telford Access to Nature Partnership Officer

See Pictures

9. From Wellington to the Birthplace of Industry ALL DAY 9 miles.
Our route takes us up through Limekiln Woods and on to Wenlock Wood with good views up to the Wrekin. A section of walking on a quiet lane and across fields brings us to Little Wenlock. Via Braggers Hill and Loamhole Dingle we reach Coalbrookdale from where we ascend Lincoln Hill to the Rotunda which gives excellent views of the Ironbridge. The final leg of the walk descends down through the footpaths, lanes and backstreets of Ironbridge to bring us out at the Ironbridge. Return travel by bus via the Town Centre. Bring lunch/drink and bus fare home

9.30 am

Wellington Leisure Centre
TF1 1LX

9 miles (14.5km) Ascent: 1181ft (362m)

Chris Hogarth

-

10. WrekinForest Walks: Limekiln shorter alternative 3 miles. This group has walks every Wednesday

1.45 pm for 2.00 pm

Wellington Leisure Centre
TF1 1LX

Easy

Margaret Barnes

-

11. Walk for your Supper 6 miles.
Walk from Wellington, joining Silkin Way near Admaston, then via Apley Woods to Big Blue Fish Bar to buy supper to eat by Leegomery Pool. Return to Wellington Leisure Centre. Bring sufficient money for your meal.

6.30 pm

Wellington Leisure Centre
TF1 1LX

Moderate

Kevin Nicholls

-

Thursday 4th July

12. TelfordTown Centre - Wellington. Alternative 2. 4-5 miles.
via Hutchison way

10.30 am

outside SCS, Forge Retail Park
TF3 4AJ

Moderate gradients
fairly brisk pace
about 1hour 30 mins - 2 hours

Bob Coalbran

-

13. Nordic Walking in Apley Woods
Poles provided, no experience necessary

2.00pm

At the entrance to the woods off Peregrine Way
by the black wrought iron horse gate
TF1 6TH

Moderate
1 hour

Bev McCarthy

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14. WrekinForest Walks: Around the Wrekin and alternative 7.5 miles. The alternative route is slightly shorter but harder.

6.00 pm

Wellington Leisure Centre
TF1 1LX

Generally moderate but with strenuous sections .

Margaret Barnes and Naomi Wrighton

See Pictures

Friday 5th July

15. Shawbirch Walking for Health Walk, Away Day
A 45 mins to 1 hour walk on field and forest paths, strong shoes recommended. Limekiln Lane, ShortWoodsForest and view the site of open cast coal mine at New Works. Leader: Betty Bleloch.
This group has walks every Friday

10.15 am for 10.30 am start

The junction of Bayley Road and Limekiln Lane
TF1 2JS

Easy

Betty Bleloch

-

16. Alternative Wrekin
A walk to the top of the Wrekin Hill using lesser-known paths. The route will pass by Burnt Cottage on its way to Halfway House and then take the quieter eastern path to the famous Cuckoo's Cup (a.k.a. the Raven's Bowl) and the Needle's Eye.

1.45 pm for 2.00 pm start

Forest Glen car park
TF6 5AL

Generally moderate but with strenuous sections
The gradients are a little less severe than the standard route to the top but do include some relatively short steep sections.

Bob Coalbran

See Pictures

17. Sunnycroft: A garden of tea parties and turnips
Free entry to the grounds; take a tour with our gardeners and learn about the estate from social entertaining to self sufficiency.
Please bring NT card if you are a member
The tea room will be open until 5.00pm

3.00pm

At the top of the drive
TF1 2DR

Easy
1 hour

NT Guide

-

18.Bat Walk on the lower slopes of the Wrekin
Walkers need to bring a torch, wear suitable footwear and clothing, as the temperature often drops quite quickly even in the summer. Bat detectors will be provided.

9.30pm
for briefing and introduction

Forest Glen car park
TF6 5AL

Moderate
2 hours

John Morgan

-

Saturday 6th July

19. TelfordTown Centre - Wellington. Alternative 3.
via The TownPark, Coalbrookdale and the Wrekin.
Bring a packed lunch, we will call at th Half-Way House for a tea break.

8.50am
For 09.00 train to Telford

Platform 1
Wellington Station

Strenuous
14 miles

Naomi Wrighton

-

20. Wrekin Landscape and Wildlife Photography Walk
Suitable for beginners / novices.
A photographic walk on footpaths around and up to the summit of the Wrekin.
Advice given on photographic techniques and equipment, locations, and wildlife species.

10.00am

The Forest Glen car park
TF6 5AL

Generally moderate but with strenuous sections
3 hours

Members of Wrekin Arts Photographic Club

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21. Sunnycroft: A garden of tea parties and turnips
Free entry to the grounds; take a tour with our gardeners and learn about the estate from social entertaining to self sufficiency.
Please bring NT card if you are a member
The tea room will be open until 5.00pm

3.00pm

At the top of the drive
TF1 2DR

Easy
1 hour

NT Guide

-

22. First steps with a map and compass
For those who like walking but don't have the confidence to use a map.
By the end you should be able to use a map, make the map line up with the features on the ground, understand the basics of scale and map symbols and know how to use a compass.

5.30 pm

Shortwood Sports and Outdoor Centre
off Limekiln Lane
TF1 2JA

Easy 3 hours
Class-based with short activities throughout session

Chris and Gaynor Hogarth

-

Sunday 7th July

23. The Wrekin Woodlands Bird Walk
A walk up and around the Wrekin to enjoy it's rich birdlife. The woodland supports an interesting community of birdlife typical of 'hanging oak woodland'. Several migratory bird species arrive each spring to breed in British woodland alongside our own native birds. Our aim is to see these long distance travellers and common native species. Good footwear and binoculars needed

7.00 am

The Forest Glen car park
TF6 5AL

Generally moderate but with strenuous sections
3-4 miles, up to 3 hours

Andy Latham
(Steller Birding. Birdwatching and wildlife tours)

-

24. ALL DAY walk with the Telford and East Shropshire Group of the Ramblers Association
From Ercall Lane CP, along the Ercall and north side of Wrekin to Garmston Farm. Back on forest paths, up Little Hill and along little used ways to reservoir and Ercall Woods. Bring packed lunch

9.45 am

Car park on Ercall Lane by bridge over M54.
Grid reference: SJ 646103

Moderate
10 miles

Betty Bleloch

-

25.Shropshire Rock from the Top of the Wrekin
A climb to the top of Shropshire's most iconic hill, composed of our oldest rock. From the summit we will briefly review the rest of Shropshire's rocks as laid out in a 360 degree panorama (weather permitting) - arguably the most complete summary of geological history visible from one place anywhere in the world

10.00am

The Forest Glen car park
TF6 5AL

Generally moderate but with strenuous sections
4 miles, 3 hours

Andrew Jenkinson
Shropshire Geological Society

See Picture

26. Sunnycroft: A garden of tea parties and turnips
Free entry to the grounds; take a tour with our gardeners and learn about the estate from social entertaining to self sufficiency.
Please bring NT card if you are a member
The tea room will be open until 5.00pm

3.00pm

At the top of the drive
TF1 2DR

Easy
1 hour

NT Guide

-

27.Limekiln Woods Map Reading Practical Walk
Your chance to practice map reading on this short walk around Limekiln Woods. No previous experience needed, but ideal for those who have attended a First Steps session.

5.30 pm

Shortwood Sports and Outdoor Centre
off Limekiln Lane
TF1 2JA

Moderate 4 miles

Chris and Gaynor Hogarth

-

 

 

Key to the Grading of Walks

Easy

Length may vary but terrain mainly flat

Moderate

Includes some hills and some rough ground

Strenuous

May be rough underfoot, ascents and descents may be steep.

Terms and Conditions

Currently booking is only by email to info AT wellingtonwalkersareWelcome.org.uk (please note AT should be the symbol, it is written like this to try to avoid spam)
The links above will open in your default mail client. If this doesn't work for you, please just send us an email. We will acknowledge bookings and send further details (by email if possible) nearer the time of the festival.

 

The full brochure for 2013 is here . Warning- a very large (6 MBytes) download.

The list of events can also be found as a smaller pdf here .

Full details of the 2012 event are at Festival 2012

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Last updated 6th November 2013