Walkers Are Welcome

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

Regular Walks Routes

The Wrekin View from the top of The Wrekin
The Wrekin View from the top of The Wrekin

We set out on the first and third Sundays of every month at 2 p.m. from outside Wellington Leisure centre. This page should give you an idea of the sorts of walks we do. All our welcome. If you have any queries please contact us..

The routes

The routes that are on fetcheveryone or Garmin connect are best viewed as 'satellite'. You can change the scale and move from them to the surrounding countryside.

  • 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, including the route on the album page .
  • Sunday January 15th 2017 Kevin led a walk up the Ercall. The route is here
  • Sunday December 18th 2016 Tricia led this walk to Apley and back to try out the last of the walks in our proposed new leaflet of walks to the North of the town. The approximate route is here
  • Sunday December 4th Pam led a walk to Dothill and back to try out one of the walks in out proposed new leaflet of walks to the North of the town. The route is here
  • Sunday November 20th Naomi led a walk to Wrockwardine and back to try out another of the walks in out proposed new leaflet of walks to the North of the town. The route is here
  • On Wednesday November 16th Naomi took advantage of leading a Walkabout Wrekin walk to try out another of the routes in the proposed new leaflet of walks to the North of the town. This one was to the Admaston The route is here
  • Sunday November 6th 2016 Betty led the first of the walks to try out routes in the proposed new leaflet of walks to the North of the town. This one was to the guillotine locks at Hadley Park and the Hurley Brook. The route is here and a couple of shots of Turnip Lock are here .
  • Sunday October 2nd Betty led a 'hop' to Lawley. Here is the route.
  • Sunday August 7th Kevin led a walk to the Limekiln Wood and Short Wood area. The route is here .
  • Sunday April 17th 2016. Naomi led a 'hop' from Coalbrookdale. It was not as muddy as had been feared, but there were a few bluebells and plenty of wooden steps. There are some photos on the album page The route is here
  • Sunday March 6th 2016. Naomi led a walk over the Ercall, returning via the golf course. Here is the route.
  • Sunday January 17th 2016. Naomi led a 'hop' (a short drive in shared cars followed by a walk), to the Lightmooor area. Here is the route.
  • Sunday November 15th 2015. Naomi led a walk up the Wrekin but not by the standard route. Here is the route.
  • Sunday Aug 16th 2015. Naomi led a 'hop' to Dawley , here is the route.
  • Sunday July 5th 2015. Pam lead a walk to Limekiln Wood and Short Woods. Here is the route
  • Sunday June 21st 2015. In the event, Naomi led this walk which was a trial of a contribution we are making to a book of walks in Shropshire. We went over the Ercall, then via the Dairy Pit to the reservoir, then back via the ege of the Ercall. Here is the route. Although we didn't use them on this occasion, we were very pleased to see that steps have been installed, and the stile removed, on the approach to the footpath over the golf course.
  • Sunday June 7th 2015. Bob led this walk which used the Wrekin link, which we have re-cleared recently, and finished in Linden Avenue for refreshments and the AGM . Here is the route and there are some pictures on the album page and on our facebook page.
  • Sunday May 17th 2015. Naomi led walkers up the Wrekin by an alternative route, The bluebells were excellent. Here is the route.
  • Sunday May 3rd 2015. Betty led a walk to the Ercall and Laurence Hill.
  • Sunday April 19th 2015. Betty led a walk to Shawbirch via the Wrekin Link.
  • Sunday April 5th 2015. Kevin led a walk to Limekiln woods. Here is the route
  • Sunday March 15th 2015. Pam led a walk to Leegomery and Apley. Here is the route and a photo
  • Sunday March 1st 2015. Betty led a 'hop' to Lawley.
  • Sunday February 15th 2015. Naomi led a snowdrop walk to Apley Woods. Here is the route.
  • Sunday February 1st 2015. Bob led a walk from Wellington to Cluddley to Wrekin Course then to Forest Glen then the Hatch and Lime Kiln Woods then back to Wellington. Our Chair treated us to some delicious chocolate brownies en route. Here is the route of the walk.
  • There are some pictures on the album page and on our facebook page. Naomi started with the group but then did a longer route including the Wrekin, here is where she went. It was very muddy on the alternative path and very icy on the main path, hence the swapping between the two.
  • Sunday January 18th 2015 Naomi lead a walk up the Wrekin, but not by the standard routes, following a slight deviation up to Halfway House and then the alternative route from Halfway House. Here is the route.
  • Sunday January 4th 2015. Kevin led this walk to Admaston via the newly cleared Wrekin Link then return by the Silkin Way to Apley. Here is the majority of the walk, it then continued to finish back at the leisure centre.
  • Sunday December 21st 2014. Betty led this walk in Lawley. Here is the route of the walk.
  • Sunday December 7th 2014. Kevin led an interesting exploration of the Ercall that ascended onto the ridge 3 times. Here is the route
  • Sunday November 16th 2014. Pools, Ponds and a Lake. Bob led this new, fairly flat, route taking in as many bodies of water to the North of the town as possible in the time. Here is the route of the walk,
  • Sunday November 2nd 2014. Kevin led a walk up to Limekiln Woods and then across towards New Works, returning through Short Woods.
  • Sunday October 19th 2014. Regular walk. Betty lead this walk from Wrockwardine. Here is the route.
  • Sunday October 5th 2014. Regular walk. Lime kiln woods and around the Ercall. Here is the route .
  • Sunday September 21st 2014. Instead of our regular walk we walked up to and joined Hands Around The Wrekin The event happened at 1 pm, so we set out at promptly at 11.30 am. from the leisure centre. We used the standard route up (see route A below) but returned via the alternative route. The distance was about 8 miles.
  • Sunday September 7th 2014. Regular walk. Naomi led this walk , encompassing both the trundle which now goes from Lawley to New Works Lane, and 2 of the crossings of the ex coal site, the views of the Wrekin from the top route and in the Ketley direction from the middle route were very good. Here is the route (plus a small part of the car ride, sorry). The out and back at the North West corner was to visit the old lime kilns as several of the walkers had not seen them. There are 2 pictures on the album page and on our facebook page.
  • Easter Sunday April 20th 2014. Regular walk. Betty led a walk taking in the Trench pools. We met outside Wellington Leisure centre at 2 pm as usual, then drove in shared cars to Trench. Here is where we went.
  • Sunday March 16th 2014. Naomi led a walk in Lime kiln woods Here is where we went.
  • Sunday February 16th 2014. Naomi led a 'hop' to a walk in Telford Town Park. Here is where we went.
  • Sunday February 2nd 2014. Betty led a walk to Apley and the old guillotine lock near Hadley Park. Here is where we went. There are two photographs on the on the album page.
  • Sunday January 19th 2014 Naomi led a 'hop' to a walk to Little Dawley. Here is where we went. We retreated from one very muddy path and went a slightly longer way past the Cheshire Cheese.
  • Sunday December 15th 2013 Naomi led a walk over the Ercall. Here is where we went.
  • Sunday December 1st 2013 Margaret led a walk following most of Reynold's Way. The walk started and finished at Ketley.
  • Sunday November 17th 2013 Bob led a walk on Haughmond Hill. Here is where we went. There is a group photo on the album page.
  • Sunday November 3rd 2013 Betty led a walk to the Ketley New Millenium Village and back. We split at the Hadley Learning on the return. Betty took some walkers back the way we came. Kevin led the others on a slightly longer route. Here is where the longer route went.
  • Sunday October 20th 2013 Margaret led a walk that encompassed Bratton and Apley.
  • Sunday October 6th 2013 We met outside the leisure centre as usual, then took cars to the Buckatree Hall Hotel where we will left them. Bob led the walk which visited the local quarries, avoiding the steepest slopes. After the walk 18 of us had tea and scones in the hotel. There are some pictures on the album page.
  • Sunday September 15th 2013 We walked from the leisure centre to Limekiln woods and returned via the Ercall. Despite the weather forecast it only started raining as we returning in Golf Links lane, we were back before it really started pouring. Here is where we went. There are also some pictures on the album page
  • Sunday September 1st 2013 Betty led a walk exploring the rerouted Shropshire Way from Wellington.
  • Sunday August 18th 2013 Bob led a walk to the lower slopes of the Wrekin via Cluddley.
  • Regular walk on Sunday August 4th 2013 Margaret lead an alternative route up the Wrekin, see Feb 3rd below.
  • Wellington Walking Festival, July 1st - 7th 2013 27 varied walks. See the festival page
  • Note: there was no regular walk in July
  • Regular walk on Sunday June 2nd 2013. Kevin lead a walk up the Ercall.
  • Regular walk on Sunday May 5th visited Lime Kiln Woods and were pleased to see that most of the tree damage had been cleared.
  • Our April walk was on Sunday April 7th 2013. We visited the top of the Ercall and used parts of two of the walks on the postcard. There were quite a few trees down which we have reported. Here is where we went.
  • Regular walk on Sunday April 7th 2013 We visited the top of the Ercall and used parts of two of the walks on the postcard. There were quite a few trees down which we have reported. Here is where we went.
  • Regular walk on Sunday March 3rd 2013, Apley Woods, with new leader Margaret. She lead the group to Apley Woods via Leegomery Mill then returned via part of the Silkin way . Here is where we went. Bob measured the route at 6.6 miles. There are more images on the album page
  • Regular walk on Sunday February 3rd 2013 Bob led a walk up the Wrekin, but not by the standard route. We met outside Wellington Leisure centre at 2 pm as usual, then went in shared cars to the Forest Glen car park. Here is where we went. Bob measured the route at 3.8 miles with 1hr 42 mins actually spent walking. There are more photos on the album page
  • Regular walk on Sunday January 6th 2013 Admaston and Bratton. Betty led this walk, here is where we went.
  • Regular walk on Sunday December 2nd 2012 Ercall- no route available yet
  • Regular walk on Sunday November 4th 2012. Short Woods. Our new footpath secretary has been in contact with UK coal and has persuaded them to sign and make possible the diversion for the Hutchison way across the UK coal site. There are two versions, one for everyday use and a shorter one that can only be used from midday on Saturday until Sunday night. On this walk we used both. The walk saw Short Woods, the coal site and very good views of Wellington as we approachsd the Dawley road. There was a shorter version available too, that will just saw Short Woods by missing out the Eastern loop. Here is where we went.
  • Regular Sunday walk - Sunday September 2nd 2012 We went on an awayday to Coalbrookdale. Here is where we went.
  • Regular Sunday walk - Sunday August 5th 2012 . We went to have a closer look at the Ercall Unconformity . Here is where we went.
  • Special Walk - Saturday August 4th for Love British Food Kevin lead a walk to the Huntsman in Little Wenlock as part of Love British Food 2012 . The weather was brilliant before lunch, but we got soaked on the way back. Here is the way we went.
  • Regular Sunday walk - Sunday July 1st 2012. Kevin lead this away day to the Granville Heritage Trail. Here is about the first half of the route.
  • Regular Sunday walk - Sunday June 3rd 2012 . As the weather was so bad we just walked the new route of the Shropshire Way from Wellington to Wrockwardine and returned by a different route.
  • Regular Sunday walk - Sunday May 6th 2012 This was a nature walk in Lime Kiln woods with guest leader Chris Hogarth. Photos of the some of the species seen are now on our album page
  • Regular Sunday walk - Sunday April 1st 2012 Betty led this walk to Willowmoor which was slightly longer than usual Here is where we went.
  • Regular Sunday walk - Sunday March 4th 2012 We went to Limekiln wood and returned via the golf course Here is where we went.
  • Regular Sunday walk - Sunday February 5th 2012 Betty lead us to Apley to see the snowdrops. We went there last February too, it was almost the same distance but a completely different route. Here is where we went.
  • Regular Sunday walk - Sunday January 1st 2012 We went to the top of the Ercall , then via the Dairy Pits to the golf course. Here is where we went.
  • Regular Sunday walk - Sunday December 4th 2011 Betty lead this walk via Short Woods and Limekiln Wood. Here is where we went.
  • Regular Sunday walk - Sunday November 6th 2011 in the North of the town. Here is where we went. We used the Wrekin Link which was slightly obstructed and overgrown , we will report this again to Telford and Wrekin.
  • Regular Sunday walk - Sunday October 2nd 2011 Lime Kiln woods area. Here is almost where most of us went. (The leader had an errand to run in Alreston, everyone else went straight along Lime Kiln Lane.) The map is best viewed as 'satellite'. At about the 3-mile point Kevin led a few of the walkers on a longer route returning over the Ercall
  • Special walk - Saturday October 1st 2011 in cooperation with British Food Fortnight We walked to The Pheasant, Admaston, via Apley Park, for a very enjoyable lunch. Here is where we went.
  • Regular Sunday walk - Sunday September 4th 2011. Betty led an enjoyable walk on the Ercall.
  • Regular Sunday walk - Sunday August 7th 2011. Andy led an enjoyable walk to Short Woods.
  • Regular Sunday walk - July 3rd 2011. This very different walk took us via paths to the guillotine lock on the lane to the old Hadley Park Farm and the old mill at Leegomery. Many of the walkers had never been to these laces before, or nor for many years. This is the route.
  • Regular Sunday walk - June 5th 2011. The longer walk went over the Ercall, round the back of the Wrekin, then over the Wrekin, then skirted the Ercall again. This is the route, again with start added manually to the end. The more leisurely alternative visited the Ercall and Limekiln Woods.
  • Regular Sunday walk - May 1st 2011 This most enjoyable walk was led by a guest leader Chris Hogarth and went to Limekiln woods to look at the flora. Here is where we went. The map is best viewed as 'satellite'. This beautiful image was taken on the walk by one of our walkers.
  • Regular Sunday Walk -April 3rd 2011. The Ercall and the Reservoir. Here is where we went. The distances may look odd as the start of the route was added manually to the end, as the recording was started rather late. See Photos by Dorothy Roberts.
  • Regular Sunday Walk -March 6th 2011. Limekiln Wood, returning vis the Hutchison way . Here is where we went.
  • Regular Sunday Walk -February 6th 2011. Apley Wood. Here is where we went to look at the snowdops and the wood sculptures (The recording was started slightly late). See Photos by Dorothy Roberts.
  • Regular Sunday Walk -January 2nd 2011. The Ercall. Here is where some of us went, others missed out the short climb to the top of the Ercall from the shoulder.
  • Regular Sunday Walk- December 5th 2010. Loosely based around Wellington Walk C , the Ercall with slight deviations because of the icy weather.
  • First of the regular walks - November 7th 2010. Limekiln Woods Wellington Walks D (shorter alternative) and D We had two groups, a faster longer group and a shorter group.
  • Wellington Walks A (and back by the alternative route), C, D (shorter alternative) At the launch event - September 26th 2010
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