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Wellington Walking Festival

Description Of Walking Festival

Wellington, most people would say in Shropshire, but strictly in the County of The Wrekin, was awarded Walkers are Welcome status in June, 2010.

We have two aims, to promote the interests of local walkers in Wellington, and to promote Wellington to walkers elsewhere. As well as belonging to the national network of Walkers are Welcome towns we belong to a regional grouping of WaW towns in or adjacent to the Shropshire Hills AONB 
The AONB WaW towns have produced this leaflet. 
Locally, as well as being represented on the Local Access Forum and getting involved in physical path work, we organise a monthly walk and an annual walking festival.

Programme

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

Booking 
not required

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

Booking 
not required

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

Booking 
not required

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

Booking 
not required

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

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4 Places Left (as of 17th June)

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

2.00 pm

At the entrance to the woods offPeregrine 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 ofApley Woods

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4 Places Left (as of 17th June)

7. WrekinForest Walks: Limekiln longer alternative 5 miles.

6.30 pm

Wellington Leisure Centre
TF1 1LX

Moderate

Dave Hart

Booking 
not required

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 the entrance to the woods offPeregrine Way
by the black wrought iron horse gate 
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

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5 Places Left (as of 9th June)

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

Booking 
not required

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

Booking 
not required

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 byLeegomery Pool. Return to Wellington Leisure Centre. Bring sufficient money for your meal.

6.30 pm

Wellington Leisure Centre
TF1 1LX

Moderate

Kevin Nicholls

Booking 
not required

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

Booking 
not required

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

2.00pm

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

Moderate 
1 hour

Bev McCarthy

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Full (as of 9th June)

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 strenuoussections .

Margaret Barnes and Naomi Wrighton

Booking 
not required

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 ofBayley Road and Limekiln Lane 
TF1 2JS

Easy

Betty Bleloch

Booking 
not required

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

Booking 
not required

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

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9 Places Left (as of 17th June)

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. Leader: John Morgan 
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

9.30pm 
for briefing and introduction

Forest Glen car park 
TF6 5AL

Moderate 
2 hours

John Morgan

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Full (as of 15th May)

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 toTelford

Platform 1
Wellington Station

Strenuous
14 miles

Naomi Wrighton

Booking 
not required

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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10 Places Left (as of 9th June)

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

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11 Places Left (as of 17th June)

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

ShortwoodSports and Outdoor Centre 
off Limekiln Lane
TF1 2JA

Easy 3 hours 
Class-based with short activities throughout session

Chris and Gaynor Hogarth

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Full (as of 3rd June)

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
(StellerBirding.Birdwatchingand wildlife tours)

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4 Places Left (as of 28th May)

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 onErcall Lane by bridge over M54. 
Grid reference: SJ 646103

Moderate 
10 miles

Betty Bleloch

Booking 
not required

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 ofShropshire'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

AndrewJenkinson 
Shropshire Geological Society

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11 Places Left (as of 28th May)

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

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15 Places Left (as of 28th May)

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

ShortwoodSports and Outdoor Centre 
off Limekiln Lane
TF1 2JA

Moderate 4 miles

Chris and Gaynor Hogarth

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Full (as of 17th June)

                 

 

 

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

  • 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.
  • 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
  • Booking is ESSENTIAL for those walks that are shown with a red background.
  • Assistance dogs welcome. Other well behaved dogs only by prior agreement with the leader.
  • No liability will be accepted for loss or injury that occurs as a result of taking part in any walk.

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.

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Event date: 12-09-2016
Event End Date: 18-09-2016
Location Wellington
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