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

The 2015 Wellington Walking Festival ran from September 14th - September 20th

The 2016 Wellington Walking Festival will run from September 12th - September 18th 2016

This page relates to the 2015 Festival. There will be details of the 2016 festival here in due course

Here is the 2015 programme as a pdf.
If you would like a physical copy of the programme and you haven't found one locally, please email info@wellingtonwalkersarewelcome.org.uk for details of where to send a stamped S.A.E. .
Here is a poster advertising the festival. The programme of events is below. Booking, with the exception of events 22 and 27, is via info@wellingtonwalkersarewelcome.org.uk
If you have taken part in one or more events, please fill in our feedback survey. Thank you.

The 2015 festival is now over. On the whole we kept up our good record with the weather. Nothing was seriously affected by rain , the weather was glorious for the 2 full-day walks.

Click here for the handout for the industrial heritage walk. The quiz is to follow.

Initial informal feedback has been good, so watch this space for the 2016 Festival. We have decided that September, in particular the second week, is a very good time and we intend to stick with that for future festivals.
Wappenshall Wharf Lawley Hop Nordic Walking Industrial Archaeology- a Lime Kiln
Wappenshall Wharf 2015 The Lawley Hop 2015 Nordic Walking 2015 Industrial Archaeology 2015
There are more photographs of this year's festival on the album page

Wellington Walkers are Welcome

Table of Events

Time

Place

Leader

** Themed guided walk/event - booking essential
Book by emailing info@wellingtonwalkersarewelcome.org.uk

Pre-Festival event

Sunday 13th  September

Telford & East Shropshire Ramblers' walk .    

Wellington Circular: Moderate; 12 miles; Meet 10am Wellington Leisure and Civic Centre . An undulating walk on good tracks with no steep ascents via Limekiln & Wenlock Woods to Little Wenlock. Return via Coalmoor & Huntington. Leader: Pam Hill see http://www.ramblers.org.uk/telford-east-shropshire  for details

Throughout the festival

1. Geocaching Challenge.  

Here is the challenge sheet

Monday 14th September

2. Bus Walk. Rodington  to Wellington
This fairly flat route follows the new route of the Shropshire Way to Wellington, along lanes and fields. Bring a packed lunch and fare or bus pass. Easy,.

Estimated arrival time in Wellington, 3.30 pm

Meet at  11.05 am, for the  11.15 am  Bus 16 Note change

Wellington Bus Station.

 

Pam Hill

 3. Inside Sunnycroft.  **

 Free guided tour of the house and entry to the grounds.

11.15 a.m.

At the top of the drive,

TF1 2DR

Sunnycroft Guide

 4. Fresh Air Walk.   **

Aimed at those with restricted mobility, including wheelchair users and their carers.  Email or phone for further details and booking.   Very easy,  45 mins -  1 hour 

2.00 pm

Carvers Close, Holyhead Rd,
TF1 2EF

Betty

 

 5. Shrewsbury and Newport Canal Trust Canal Walk & Wappenshall Wharf Tour.  **

A circular walk from Wappenshall  ollowing part of the canal system. There will be refreshments and a tour of the wharf at Wappenshall.  Expected finish time 4.30 pm

 

2.00 pm

Wappenshall Wharf

(transport from Wellington possible by prior arrangement)

Shrewsbury & Newport Canal Trust

Tuesday 15th September

 6. Guided Tour of Apley Woods - casual stroll around the woods looking at its nature and history. **

Easy (some steps)

2 miles/ 2 hours approx.

Refreshments will be served after the walk for which donations to the Friends of Apley Woods would be very gratefully received.

 

10am - 12 noon

 

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

Friends of Apley Woods

 7. Windy Ridge Open Garden and optional Bench Walks. **

‘Stunning’ and ‘inspirational’ are how visitors frequently describe this multi-award-winning 2/3 acre village garden. The strong design and exuberant colour-themed planting (over 1000 species, mostly labelled) offer a picture around every corner. The grass and perennial gravel garden has created a lot of interest.

 

2 pm

Church Lane

Little Wenlock
TF6 5BB

Fiona Chancellor

and

Wellington Walkers are Welcome

 

8. Come and Try It   -   Orienteering. 

5km Wrekin Summit Course, all on paths. 17 controls to spot, plus historical notes.

 

Start between  4 pm  and  6  pm  (allow 2 hours).

Orienteers  flagged vehicle at  

Forest Glen

 Car Park

TF6 5AL

Wrekin Orienteers.

Wednesday 16th September

9. Rock Around the Wrekin. **

A walk around The Ercall, Maddock’s Hill and Limekiln Wood to show how the rock around The Wrekin illustrates an evolving landscape over the past 600 million years as our bit of the Earth drifted from a position on the Antarctic Circle, northwards through the Tropics and on up to its present temperate latitude, colliding with and splitting from other bits of continent on the way.

A walk of moderate difficulty, along well defined but sometimes rough footpaths, of about 4 miles in length taking 3 hours.

 

10 am – 1 pm 

Forest Glen

Car Park

TF6 5AL

Andrew Jenkinson for Shropshire Geological Society.

 

10. Wellington Walking for Health.

Moderate 4 miles or Easy 3 miles. This group has walks every Wednesday

 

1.45pm

Wellington Leisure Centre, TF1 1LX

Walkabout Wrekin Leaders

Thursday 17th September

11. Springing around the Wrekin . **

A  leisurely ramble with Shropshire Wildlife Trust exploring the headwaters of the many streams and brooks of the Wrekin Forest.  Moderate

Please bring a packed lunch.

 

10.00 – 15.30

Forest Glen

Car Park

TF6 5AL

Chris Hogarth
Note change

12. Lawley and New Works – ‘Hop’ **

A typical Wellington Walkers are Welcome walk. Meet at

 2 pm at Wellington Leisure Centre or at 2.10 pm at the Car Park by St John’s Church, Lawley . Moderate.

 

 

2 pm

 


2.10 pm

Wellington Leisure Centre .


Car park by
St John the Evangelist Church, Lawley.

Bob Coalbran

13. Evening Talk The Hiking Tour of Mont Blanc

An illustrated talk by Mike & Sandra Callow.

7.30 pm

Wellington Library

 

Friday 18th September

 14. Shawbirch Walking for Health Walk

This group has walks every Friday (Meet at 10.00 am for 10.15 am start)

 

10.00am

Outside Shawbirch Medical Centre, TF5 0LW

Betty Bleloch for Walkabout Wrekin

 

15. Countryside Confidence. **

Do you enjoy walking in the Countryside but are worried about what you can and can’t do or where you can go?  Would you like to understand more about the rural economy and how farming and forestry have to work with other countryside users?  During this walk around the Wrekin on footpaths and lanes we will find out about how the Countryside works and how you can enjoy it safely.  Bring lunch and a drink. 8 miles including  1118 ft  of ascent.

10:00 am to 3:00pm

EVENT CANCELLED

Chris Hogarth

16. Nordic Walking in Apley Woods **

Duration:  1 hour. Poles will be supplied. No experience necessary.


Event is FULL

 

2.00pm

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

Bev McCarthy.

17. Walking-Themed Quiz.  **

£2 entry per person. Meal cost extra, needs to be ordered by  15th September.

7.00pm

Red Lion,

Holyhead Rd

Quizmaster: Brian Morrison (Wem)

Saturday 19th September

18. Come and Try It  -   Orienteering. 

As Tuesday’s event except:

Start between  10  am  and  1 pm  (allow 2 hours).

From 10 am onwards

Forest Glen

Car Park

TF6 5AL

Wrekin Orienteers.

19. All Day Walk  Telford train Station – Wellington via Coalbrookdale, Little Wenlock and the Wrekin. 14 miles. packed lunch required.

Board the 09.01 train to Telford.

Wellington Station (or later at Telford Station)

Naomi Wrighton

 20. A concise literary tour of Wellington. **

Wellington has a fascinating literary heritage like no other place in Shropshire. Come and explore the local haunts of the writers, poets and artists that called our market town home and discover events that sealed its place in the annals of history.
Easy walk, 2-2.5 miles, 2 hours

10 am – 12 noon

Outside All Saints Church,  TF1 3HA

 

Marc Petty

21. Inside Sunnycroft:  **

Guided tour of the house and free entry to the grounds.


Event is FULL

 

11.15 a.m.

At the top of the drive, TF1 2DR

Sunnycroft Guide

22. Away With Words,  The Ercall **

Join young storytellers and listen to folk tales, fairy tales, local stories and gossip that would have been told in Victorian Wellington.

Each walk lasts one-and-a-half to two hours, with about 45mins - 1 hour of walking interspersed with stories

The walks are suitable for families with older children age 8+.  Please do not bring younger children as the stories might not be appropriate.

Wear stout shoes, layers of clothing and bring a waterproof.  Storywalks go whatever the weather!
Maximum number of 25 - please phone 07969 541552 to confirm your place

3 pm

Car park  in Ercall Lane, just S. of the motorway bridge.

Myth Stories Group

Sunday 20th  September

 23. Explore the Weald Moors. **

Come and explore one of the west Midlands most important wetland landscapes - right on Wellington's doorstep. We'll be looking at the rich natural and historic heritage of this unique area and discovering more about the array of flora and fauna that call the Weald Moors home."
Easy walk, 2-2.5 miles

10 am – 12 noon

Wall Farm, near Kynnersley

Marc Petty

 24. Industrial Archaeology of Limekiln Wood and the Ercall.  **

This walk explores  the quarries, mines, limekilns and tramways of the area. Moderate  3-mile walk, in 3 hours

10 am

Forest Glen, TF6 5AL

Naomi Wrighton
Note change

25. Our regular 3rd  Sunday  Walk

The Ercall and Wrekin Golf Course.

Moderate/Strenuous.

2 pm

Wellington Leisure Centre, TF1 1LX

Wellington Walkers are Welcome

26. Walking for the Brain **

A walk aimed at dementia sufferers and their carers. Email or phone for further details and booking. 

Walk lasts a max of 1 hour. 

 

 2 pm

The bottom of the steps outside the front of Wellington Leisure Centre,TF1 1LX 

Eve Clevenger

27. Away With Words, Apley Woods **

Join young storytellers and listen to folk tales, fairy tales, local stories and gossip that would have been told in Victorian Wellington.

Each walk lasts one-and-a-half to two hours, with about 45mins - 1 hour of walking interspersed with stories

The walks are suitable for families with older children age 8+.  Please do not bring younger children as the stories might not be appropriate.

Wear stout shoes, layers of clothing and bring a waterproof.  Storywalks go whatever the weather!
Maximum number of 25 - please phone 07969 541552 to confirm your place

 

3 pm

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

Myth Stories Group

** Themed guided walk/event - booking essential
Book by emailing info@wellingtonwalkersarewelcome.org.uk

Please click on the dates for information about our previous festivals

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This page has been prepared by Wellington Walkers are Welcome Management Committee. This is an ad hoc group of interested local walkers. The inspiration for the group came from a combination of Wellington LA21 group and Wellington Town Council without whose help this would not have been possible.

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Last updated 11th April 2016