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

This is the page for the 2016 Wellington Walking Festival which ran from September 12th to September 18th. From all accounts it went well.
Many thanks to the leaders and the participants who all made the work in organising this seem worthwhile.

Here is a feedback form which we would love you to fill in if you have been on one or more of the events.

Photographic Competition Results

1st Malcolm Skelton Spring8
Springing round the Wrekin
2nd Dave Smith Spring1
Springing round the Wrekin
3rd Alan Hill Heritage3
Dawley Heritage Walk

Congratulations to these three, and thanks to all the other entrants.
The entries that received votes are here.

Table of events

Please book by email to info@wellingtonwalkersarewelcome.org.uk

Table of Events
*** Themed guided walk/event - booking essential
No. Event Time Place Leader Booking
Photographic Competition
Was open for photos that were taken during the festival . The winner was decided by on-line voting via the website . The closing date for voting was Sunday 25th September 2016. There was a prize for the winner. Entries may be used to promote the group on-line and/or in printed leaflets, please ensure that any subjects are happy with this. The entries that received votes are here.
Pre-Festival event Sunday 11th September
0 Storywalk in Apley Woods ***
A walk for children 8+ and their families with stops to hear stories inspired by the woods. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Please wear waterproof shoes/boots as it may be muddy. Easy. Duration 1.5 hours with approx. 45 minutes of walking and games and 45 minutes of listening to the stories
2.30 pm At the entrance to the woods off Peregrine Way (by the black wrought iron horse gate).
Jake Evans of Mythstories Spaces
Monday 12th September
1 Bus Walk Madeley to Wellington
Discover the green environment of Telford on this undulating walk, along trails and through woodland. Bring a packed lunch and bus fare or pass. Moderate, approximately 8 miles. Estimated arrival time in Wellington 3.30 pm.
Please check the website for any changes to the schedule before setting off.
10 am for 10.06 am Bus 4 Stand C Wellington Bus Station Pam Hill No booking required
2 Shrewsbury and Newport Canals Trust Canal Walk & Wappenshall Wharf Tour . ***
Circular walk and tour of the wharf at Wappenshall. Afterwards there will be refreshments (donations to SNCT welcome). Expected finish time 4.30 pm Transport from Wellington possible by prior arrangement
2 pm Wappenshall Wharf Shrewsbury & Newport Canal Trust Spaces
Tuesday 13th September
3 Guided Tour of Dothill Local Nature Reserve ***
A casual stroll around the woods and pools within Beanhill & Dothill focusing on the history, wildlife and ongoing projects being run by the Friends group. Easy, approximately 2-3 miles. Allow up to 2 hours for the tour.
10:00 am Dothill School entrance on Severn Drive
Friends of Dothill LNR Spaces
4 Rock around Little Wenlock ***
The walk will look at the variety of different rocks around Little Wenlock village which have been mined and quarried - coal, clay, ironstone, sandstone for building, basalt and limestone - and how they have left their mark on the natural and man-made landscape. Easy to moderate, on footpaths and quiet roads with a few stiles. Wear stout shoes and clothing appropriate to the weather. About 2.5 miles, in 3 hours.
10 am
1 pm
Little Wenlock Village Hall
Andrew Jenkinson, Shropshire Geological Society. Spaces
5 Windy Ridge Open Garden and optional Bench Walks Contemporary Gravel Garden . ***
'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. Option to walk to some or all of the benches located around Little Wenlock, offering wonderful views of the surrounding countryside, see here. Donations welcome to the National Garden Scheme charities.
2.30 pm Church Lane Little Wenlock
Fiona Chancellor /
Wellington Walkers are Welcome
6 Introduction to Orienteering. ***
A led walk on the Ercall following an Orienteering course, maps provided for each participant. Come and practice your map and compass skills. Moderate . May be steep in places.
6.30 pm Forest Glen
Wrekin Orienteers. Spaces
Wednesday 14th September
7 Tour of the Wheat Leasowes Solar Farm ***
Walk from Wellington , easy about 5 miles in total, or meet at the Solar Farm.
9.30 pm
11.00 pm
Wellington Leisure Centre

Solar Farm
Wellington Walkers are Welcome Spaces
8 Dawley Heritage Walk ***
The full Dawley Heritage walk will take 4 hours (approx) and will require a reasonable level of fitness. Most is on hard surface but some sections may be rough and muddy . The walk takes in Dawley's rich history with sites of old collieries, tramways, canals, and railway platforms. It provides an industrial legacy with wildlife habitats . It is an easy circular walk of approx. 6 miles. Please bring a packed lunch.
10.00 am
2 pm
The bandstand in Dawley High Street
Paul Wolfe Limited
9 Wellington Walking for Health.
Moderate 4 miles or Easy 3 miles. This group has walks every Wednesday. The longer route will visit the Wrockwardine Community Orchard in Admaston.
1.45 pm
for 2 pm
Wellington Leisure Centre
Walkabout Wrekin Leader No booking required
10 Nordic Walking on the Wrekin ***
Duration: Up to 2 hours Poles will be supplied. No experience necessary, Moderate to Strenuous
2.00pm Forest Glen
Bev McCarthy. Limited spaces
Thursday 15th September
11 Springing round the Wrekin . ***
A circular ramble connecting up the headwaters of the many watercourses which flow down and out of the Wrekin Forest. Up woodland dingle and across boggy spring, enjoying the less trodden paths on the Wrekin Hill. Stout boots advised. Moderate Please bring a packed lunch.
10.00 am
3 pm
Forest Glen Car Park
Pete Lambert Spaces
12 Lawley to New Works multi-user trail
The path is designed for all, including wheelchairs and pushchairs. Come and experience this multi-user trail. 1 mile total for out and back. Easy, although in parts the route does go quite steeply up a hill.
Car park at St John's Church, Lawley
Eve Clevenger No booking required
13 Granville Country Park- 'Hop'
This is typical of the 'hops' we occasionally take on a Sunday. We meet outside the leisure centre and travel a short distance in shared cars to the starting point. Moderate 4 miles.
2 pm
2.30 pm
Wellington Leisure Centre

Granville Country park
Tricia Peak No booking required
14 Evening Talk 'Slow Travel: Shropshire: ten discoveries of a guidebook writer'. ***
Marie Kreft, author of the Bradt Slow Travel: Shropshire guide (to which we contributed a walk: see event 25), reveals ten intriguing, unusual and/or life-affirming discoveries she made while exploring Shropshire the Slow way.
7.30 pm Wellington Library
Marie Kreft Spaces
Friday 16th September
15 All Day Walk - Telford train Station to Wellington
via Coalbrookdale, Little Wenlock and The Wrekin. Please bring train fare and a packed lunch. 14 miles, strenuous
8.50 am
for the 9 am train to Telford.
Wellington Station Naomi Wrighton No booking required
16 Shawbirch Walking for Health Walk
This group has walks every Friday
10.15 am for 10.30 am start Outside Shawbirch Medical Centre
Betty Bleloch No booking required
17 Industrial Archaeology of the Limekiln Woods, Steeraway and The Ercall. ***
These are havens for wildlife now but in the past they played an important role in the story of Telford as being the birthplace of industry. From Wellington Centre we will walk out to Steeraway via Limekiln Lane then up through Limekiln Woods discovering this industrial past. Descending down through Maddocks Quarry we return to Wellington via Ercall Quarries and The Ercall. Bring lunch and a drink. Moderate 5 miles with 770ft of ascent
10 am
3 pm
Wellington Leisure Centre
Chris Hogarth Spaces
18 Re-discovering Attingham's Pleasure Grounds. ***
Guided walk by a National Trust (NT) volunteer. The walk is free. Attingham is starting an extensive project restoring our 18th century Pleasure Grounds designed by Humphrey Repton. Walk the route with our Engagement Gardener taking in the planned work, views and history of the Pleasure Grounds. Please bring your National Trust membership card for free entry, otherwise grounds entry is at a reduced price of £4. Dogs on leads are welcome. Level of difficulty: easy, and accessible The Walk will last roughly an hour, covering approximately 1.5 miles.
2 pmAttingham Park
Arrangements will be sent on booking
Sara Lanyon
Engagement Gardener
Saturday 17th September
19 Hutchison Way
The Hutchison Way is an 18-mile walk that runs from Wellington to Newport via the Ercall, Lawley, Telford Town Centre, Priorslee. Muxton, and Lilleshall. The walk was created by Telford and Wrekin Council as a millennium project in honour of its former Chief Executive David Hutchison. The route follows ancient lanes and tracks, and passes through woodland, country parks and open spaces created from old industrial sites. Moderate, morning 8 miles, afternoon 10 miles. It is possible to join or leave at Telford Central railway station. Return by bus, changing in Donnington.
9.30 am
1.30 pm
Wellington Leisure Centre

Telford Central Station
Philip Baker No booking required
20 Explore the Weald Moors. ***
Wall Farm, in the heart of the Weald Moors, is one of Shropshire's true birding hotspots. Come and discover more about the lives of the avian residents that call this fragile and evocative landscape home and the habitat features that support them. Bring binoculars if you have them. Easy Walk (although walking boots are recommended) 2-3 miles, allow 2-3 hours.
10 am
12 noon
Wall Farm, near Kynnersley Martin George Spaces
21 Hop to Wrockwardine ***
A 'hop' (see event 13) to Church Farm B & B in Wrockwardine. Circular walk followed by FREE refreshments at Church Farm. Easy/Moderate, including stiles, approximately 2-3 miles. Allow up to 2 hours for the walk & refreshments.
2:00 pm
2:15 pm
Wellington Leisure Centre
Church Farm B & B
Wellington Walkers are Welcome Spaces
22 Walking-Themed Quiz. ***
£2.50 entry per person. Teams of up to 4. Meal cost extra, meal needs to be ordered by 13th September.
7.00 pm Red Lion
Holyhead Rd
Quizmaster: Brian Morrison Spaces
Sunday 18th September
23 T & ES Ramblers Walk. Limekiln Wood, The Wrekin and The Ercall
Strenuous 11 miles
More details from www.ramblers.org.uk/telford-east-shropshire .
10 amWellington Leisure Centre
Naomi WrightonNo booking required
24 Fungus Foray in Apley Woods. ***
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.
12 noon
At the entrance to the woods off Peregrine Way (by the black wrought iron horse gate)
John Hughes/ Friends of Apley Woods Event
25 Our regular '3rd Sunday of the month' Walk
Come and try out our walk in the Bradt guide (see event 14). We will visit the Ercall, the Forest Glen and the reservoir. Moderate/Strenuous, about 5 miles, 2 hours
2 pm Wellington Leisure Centre
Wellington Walkers are Welcome No booking required
26 Storywalk Ercall Hill ***
Event Cancelled
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There is also an Alzheimer's Society walk at Attingham Park on Sunday 18th see here

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
*** Booking ( by email to info@wellingtonwalkersarewelcome.org.uk ) is essential for walks marked ***
The organising agencies have checked the routes and identified hazards. It is the responsibility of the individual to check that the walk is suitable for their walking ability and that they attend at the start of the walk for the briefing. Everyone should wear appropriate footwear and clothing. Some of the walks are on steep hills and near potential hazards. Please ensure you are ready to start walking at the stated time.
Assistance dogs welcome. Other well-behaved dogs only by prior agreement with the leader.
The organisers of the Festival reserve the right to alter the programme without prior notice. The details in this programme are believed to be correct at the time of going to press. If changes are made they will be publicised on the website if at all possible
No liability will be accepted for loss or injury that occurs as a result of taking part in any walk.
Photographic Competition. The winner will be decided by on-line voting via the website . Entries may be used to promote the group on-line and/or in printed leaflets, please ensure that any subjects are happy with this.
*** Booking ( by email to info@wellingtonwalkersarewelcome.org.uk ) is essential for walks marked ***

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Last updated 7th January 2017