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News from 2017
- Sunday December 17th Malcolm led a walk to the Leegomery area.
- A bid submitted by a consortium, including us , to the Telford at 50 events panel for a 50 mile route incorporating mainly existing routes, has largely succeeded. The fund was oversubscribed, so they transferred our bid to another fund for projects with a lasting legacy and reduced it , as they did to all bids, by 15%. We have accepted the offer
- We are part of a new group that will be keeping the Shropshire Way clear of litter and reporting any other problems encountered see
the group's Facebook page
- Sunday December 3rd Guest leader Paul Wolfe is led a walk which explored part of the Dawley Heritage walk. Part of the route focussed on the Dawley Springwell Pit Disaster of 1872. It turns out that the youngest killed is the great great uncle of our footpath maintenance organiser.
- This leaflet has been produced by the Friends of Wellington Station to show what Wellington has to offer visitors.
- Sunday November 19th Kevin led a walk over the Ercall.
- Thursday November 16th Path maintenance group working party cleared 2 paths in the Hollanstile and Allscott area.
- Sunday November 5th Naomi led this walk which was a trial for a short section of a planned 50-mile route around Telford.
The route is here.
- Thursday November 2nd Path maintenance group working party. More details and link to photos on the paths page .
- Walkers are Welcome is now 10 years old (in Wellington we joined in 2010). Our secretary attended the celebratory annual get together in Hebden Bridge in October. Hebden Bridge was chosen as the venue as that is where the concept originated,
- Sunday October 15th Malcolm led a 'hop' in shared cars to the Wrekin, followed by a walk around the Wrekin.
- We are pleased to announce that the 2016
Wellington Walking Festival won the Community Event category in the Telford Active Lifestyles awards.The Wellington 360 project was a runner
up in the Healthy Spaces Project category.
- Added to the above, the Station Walkers' Information Notice Board
was third in the ACORP Small Projects Award - Under £500 see here
- Sunday October 1st Naomi led a walk in the Limekiln Woods area. The route is here
- The 2017 Wellington Walking Festival (11th - 17th September 2017) is now over , see the Festival Page .
Some photos are on the album page .
Thank you if you filled in our
very short survey form .
A summary of the results is contained in this Report of the 2017 Walking Festival .
- In early September the path maintenance team way-marked the Main Route of the Shropshire Way from Roddington to Little Wenlock, this was in time for the
launch of the main route on the Tuesday of the walking festival and for 2 of the festival walks that used the Shropshire Way , in total from Roddington to Ironbridge.
- Monday Sep 4th We had a good day publicising the Walking Festival and Walkabout Wrekin at Wellington Leisure Centre.
- Sunday Sep 3rd Pam led a walk to Short Woods.
- On Thursday August 24th the path team cleared paths in the Rushmoor area in preparation for the festival.
- Sunday Aug 20th Kevin led a walk over the Ercall.
- On Thursday August 17th the path team cleared the alleyway from Tan Bank to New Church Road and also the short path at the end of Woodlands Avenue to the playing field. Please publicise that these paths are easily passable again.
- Friday Aug 11th We had a good day publicising the Walking Festival and Walkabout Wrekin at Morrison's , see here.
- Sunday Aug 6th . Malcolm led a walk using the Shropshire Way to get to the Wrekin Link where the walkers admired the work done recently by the path maintenance team.
People asked Malcolm afterwards if he could make the route available, and so he has kindly supplied this:
- The Wrekin Link is open again. The path team , using the new brush cutter, worked very hard on Thursday July 20th and the path, from Wrockwardine Road (just after the white house on the right at the top of the first rise coming from Wellington) to Admaston is open again.
See photos here .
Please use this path.
- Thanks to the path team the paths over the recent open cast coal site West of New Works Lane have been cleared and way-marked. Please use these too.
- Sunday July 16th Guest leader Paul Wolfe led a shortened
version of the Dawley Heritage trail .
- Sunday July 2nd Walk and AGM This was a short local walk touring 2 gardens in Wellington that belong to the committee and finishing with tea and cake and the AGM in a garden in Leegomery Rd.
Here are the papers, including last year's and this year' s minutes.
- We have now published the Festival Programme and an Advertising Poster .
- Sunday June 18th Tricia led a walk, in very hot weather, in the Limekiln Woods /Short Woods Area.
- The programme of events for the 2017 Wellington Walking Festival (11th - 17th September 2017) is now on the Festival Page. Bookings are open.
- Sunday June 4th Andy led a walk which was a 'hop' in shared cars to the new car park on New Works Lane. The walk looked at the work being done by the path maintenance team in Short Woods
and then went to the new Smalley Hill Nature Reserve. The committee liked it so much that we have made a last-minute change to the Walking Festival programme to include it.
There are photos on the album page
- Wellington News.
- The recently formed group to adopt Wellington Station, (see here) seems to be flourishing. We are represented in the group.
- There is now a move to form a Friends of Wellington group. We are planning to go to the first meeting of this group in early July.
- Yet another early July meeting is in St. Georges to discuss a North Telford Heritage trail. We will be at that too.
- Sunday May 21st we co-operated with FORGE Urban Revival by holding a joint promotional walk highlighting the FORGE Arts and Craft Centre and Cafe in Crown Street,
Wellington and our recently produced free guide to circular walks exploring areas of interest to the north of Wellington .
Pam led the Apley walk from the leaflet. Walkers received a free copy of a specially commissioned souvenir postcard featuring scenes from all 5 of the routes covered by the Northern Walk guide. The postcard can now be purchased from the cafe.
- Sunday May 7th Betty led a walk from Wrockwardine, it was. loosely based on some of the Wellington 360, Wrockwardine Routes
- Wellington News. There is a move to form a group to adopt Wellington Station, a document produced by the group is here. We were represented at their first meeting on May 2nd, it was a very promising start.
- The Shropshire Wildlife Trust Refreshments and Information Vehicle at Forest Glen is now (Easter 2017) open. It is currently open every Weds to Sunday from 10 am - 4 pm. They have a stock of our various leaflets. Please consider supporting them or even volunteering to do a shift there.
- Easter Sunday April 16th Malcolm led a walk via the Bowring park and the current route of the Shropshire Way to Dothill.
- Monday April 10th - part of Wellington Spring Festival - Geology of The Ercall. This event started in Wellington Market Square and met
Andrew Jenkinson of the Shropshire Geological Society at the Ercall car park who led a tour
of the reserve and its internationally renowned quarry area.
- Saturday April 8th - part of Wellington Spring Festival - Exploring Dothill Local Nature Reserve . This walk followed the new circular walk from Wellington Market Square
which is one of the 5 "Wellington 360 - Northern Walks" . Whilst in Dothill LNR, the Friends group
gave a talk about the wildlife, history and features within the reserve. There is a photo here
- Wednesday April 5th - Launch of the Wrekin 360, Northern Walks and Wrockwardine Walks leaflets .
The leaflets were launched at the Walkabout Wrekin walk (2 pm outside Wellington Leisure Centre). This walk followed the Apley route.
Electronic copies are available by following the links above. There is a photo of the launch here
- April 2nd Kevin led walk to the Short Woods area.
- We are now the proud posessors of a brush cutter. Bob and Malcolm have been on the course . There are some photos of the result's of its first use on Thursday 30th March here.
On the same day Bob and the Shropshire Wild team were active in Limekiln Woods, There are photos of this too.
- The new Walking notice board at Wellington railway station was opened by the mayor on March 23rd. The project was a collaboration between the Town Council, the Borough Council,
the Station Management and Wellington Walkers Are Welcome. Funding for the board was provided by Wellington Town Council and, once installed, it was officially opened by the Mayor of Wellington on March 23rd.
The board is located close to the station's main exit and was built and installed by members of the Telford & Wrekin Council Skills and Enterprise Hub (TEN) at Horsehay which offers work-based training for adults with learning disabilities.
The display area was designed to be large enough to hold a number of maps & guides to walking in the Wellington area from The Wrekin Forest in the south to the wetland area of the Weald Moors in the north.
There are some photos here
- Sunday March 19th. Pam led a circular walk from Wellington using part of the Ironbridge Way, visiting Leegomery, Hadley and Ketley
- Sunday March 5th. Naomi led a 'hop' to try out one of the walks from Wrockwardine, which is our newer publication in the pipeline.
We travelled in shared cars to Longdon on Tern to start the walk. Some of us can be seen by the aqueduct here.
- Sunday February 19th. Pam led a snowdrop walk to Dothill and Apley.
- The WaW group in Ironbridge have published the programme for the 2017 Ironbridge Walking Festival (held in late April and May) , see www.ironbridgewalking.co.uk
- Sunday February 5th. Tricia led a walk to the guillotine locks at Hadley Park.
- Sunday January 15th Kevin led a walk up the Ercall. The route is here
- We are contributing 2 walks to the Wellington Spring Festival which is being held from 7th-10th April 2017. More details later. (Now given above)
- 2017 Wellington Walking Festival will run from September 11th to 17th 2017. Planning will begin in earnest soon.
- Walkers are Welcome Towns have to produce an annual report to maintain their status.
Here is the Annual Report 2016
. Please take a look to see the range of activities we have undertaken in the past year. We have now had good feedback from our monitor.
- Sunday January 1st - A walk in the Woods As a break from the North , Pam led this walk to the South.
- See previous walks page for details of our earlier Sunday walks
- Photos of many of our walks are
on our album page .
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Last updated 4th January 2018