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

The Sixth Wellington Walking Festival
September 11th - 17th 2017

2016 Photographic Competition Results

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

Congratulations to these three, and thanks to all the other entrants.
Other photos of the 2016 festival are here, and more photographs of previous festivals are on the album page

The festival programme is given below.

  • We have now published the Festival Programme as a pdf and an Advertising Poster .

    The Programme

    Please book by email to info@wellingtonwalkersarewelcome.org.uk
    Please see information about booking the film, Event 24, below.

    Table of Events

    *** Themed guided walk/event - booking essential.
    Please aim to arrive 10 minutes before the start time.
    No. Event Time Place Leader Booking
    Monday 11th September
    1 Leegomery Walking for Health
    A Grade 3 walk. Possible gradients, steps and uneven ground. Brisk walk. 60 - 90 mins.
    This group have a walk every Monday.
    9.45 am for 10.00 am By the post box at the back of the community centre
    TF1 6NA
    Walking for Health Leader No booking required
    2 Bus Walk - Rodington to Wellington
    To promote the re-routed Shropshire Way - a moderate, mainly flat walk on lanes and field tracks of approximately 8 miles.
    Bring a packed lunch and bus fare or pass.
    Estimated arrival time in Wellington 4.00 pm.
    Please check the website for any changes to the schedule before setting off.
    Meet at 11.00 am at Stand D Wellington Bus Station for 11.15 Bus 16. Wellington Bus Station
    TF1 1PS
    Pam Hill No booking required
    3 *** Shrewsbury and Newport Canals Trust Canal Walk and Wappenshall Wharf Tour ***
    Circular walk and tour of the wharf at Wappenshall. Afterwards there will be refreshments (donations to SNCT welcome). Come and see how the project has progressed over the last 3 years.
    Expected finish time 4.30 pm. (Transport from Wellington possible by prior arrangement.)
    2.00 pm Wappenshall Wharf Shrewsbury and Newport Canal Trust Spaces- please book by email
    4 Apley Walking for Health
    A Grade 3 walk. Possible gradients, steps and uneven ground. Brisk walk 60 - 90 mins.
    This group have a walk every Monday.
    1.45 pm for 2.00 pm Apley Castle Park, TF1 6TH
    Peregrine Way entrance
    Walking for Health Leader No booking required
    Tuesday 12th September
    5 *** Madeley Heritage Taster Walk***
    A taster walk taking in a wide variety of Madeley's heritage features. Gentle pace - approx. 2 miles distance. Easy/Moderate , 2 hours approx
    10.30 am-
    -
    12.15 pm
    Tesco car park, Madeley, by the cash machines.
    TF7 5AB
    Alec Connah
    South Telford Rights of Way Partnership Project Officer.
    Spaces- please book by email

    6 *** The Shropshire Tub Boat Canal and its mineral cargoes ***
    The Shropshire Tub Boat Canal system was built in the second half of the 18th century to serve the particular needs of the burgeoning iron and coal trade. It carried mined products from the upper levels of the Ironbridge Gorge to the then flourishing River Severn trows at Coalport, via the Coalport Inclined Plane.
    Mostly easy to moderate, but with steep stepped climb out of the Gorge, and rougher descent through Lloyds Coppice.
    3.5 miles, 2.5 hours
    2.00 pm Adjacent to the Shakespeare Inn, Coalport
    TF8 7HZ
    grid ref. SJ 696 0025
    Andrew Jenkinson Spaces- please book by email

    7 *** The Shropshire Way as a Long Distance Path ***
    An illustrated talk by the Shropshire Way Association on the history of the Shropshire Way and the current re-establishment of a Main Route.
    Prior to the talk, attendees will be able to view a display in the foyer with the option of a glass of wine or water. Tea, coffee and biscuits will be available during the mid-talk break.
    Suggested minimum donation to cover venue and refreshment costs £2 per person. Overall duration will be approx 2 hours
    7.00 pm for wine and an introductory display. The talk will commence promptly at 7.30pm Business School Boardroom, Wrekin College, Sutherland Road, Wellington, TF1 3BH Audrey Menhinick and John Newnham of the Shropshire Way Association Spaces- please book by email
    Wednesday 13th September
    8 *** History of Dothill ***
    A walk over gentle terrain to visit the various locations of historic significance on the Dothill Local Nature Reserve with an overview of the growth and demise of Dothill Park.
    Easy, approximately 2 miles.
    Allow up to 2 hours for the tour.
    10.00 am Bottom of Severn Drive, opposite Dothill Primary school
    TF1 3JB
    Keith Jones Spaces- please book by email

    9 Wrekin Forest and The Wrekin
    A circular walk via woodland to The Wrekin in collaboration with Rail Ramblers ( www.railrambles.com ). Bring a packed lunch. Moderate (includes steep gradients) , 9 miles. Expected finish time 3.30 pm.
    10.10 am Wellington Leisure Centre
    TF1 1LX
    Pamela Hill and Steve Paynter No booking required
    10 Wellington Walking for Health.
    A Grade 1 walk. Very few or no gradients. Easy terrain. 30 mins walking, will include a stop at TC's Kiosk in Bowring Park.
    1.45 pm for 2.00 pm Wellington Leisure Centre
    TF1 1LX
    Walking for Health Leader No booking required
    11 Wellington Walking for Health.
    A Grade 3 walk. Possible gradients, steps and uneven ground. Brisk walk. 60 - 90 mins.
    Note: This week the walk will finish at TC's Kiosk in Bowring Park.
    1.45 pm for 2.00 pm Wellington Leisure Centre
    TF1 1LX
    Walking for Health Leader No booking required
    Thursday 14th September
    12 *** On the Wellington Mural Trail ***
    Come and discover the stories behind the Wellington H2A heritage project bringing a splash of colour to the town's ancient streets.
    Easy Walk. 1.30-2 hours.
    10.00 am Outside All Saints Church, TF1 1DN Marc Petty Spaces- please book by email

    13 Hop to New Works and Smalley Hill Nature Reserve.
    A typical 'hop', a short journey in shared cars to the start of a walk.
    Approx 3 miles, moderate.
    10.00 am Wellington Leisure Centre
    TF1 1LX
    Wellington Walkers are Welcome No booking required
    14 *** A guided walk of Lord Berwick's Deer Park ***
    Take a walk with one of the NT Rangers to find out more about the fallow deer herd at Attingham Park. From biology to the annual rut you'll find out more whilst seeing the animals in their natural environment. NT members bring along your membership card, non-members special festival entry of £3 per person (which includes the Mansion). 2.5 mile moderate walk approx. 1.5 hours.
    2.00 pm Meet at Visitor Reception, Attingham Park
    SY4 4TP
    National Trust Guide Filling fast- please book by email

    Friday 15th September
    15 *** Dark and Satanic: The industrial past of Limekiln and Ercall ***
    From Forest Glen we visit Dairypits to discover the woodland industries of the area, then descend into the Ercall Quarries to find out about another form of industry. We continue over the side of the Ercall to Limekiln Woods to see the remains of the heavy industry and transportation that once formed part of the Industrial Revolution before nature reclaimed the woods. We finish by walking through another quarry and back to Forest Glen. Moderate. Using paths that may be muddy and steep in places. 4.25 miles with 750 ft of ascent, 3 hours
    Bring a drink and a snack or lunch, or visit the Honey Pot if you are doing the Springs walk (walk 18)
    9.15 am Forest Glen car park
    TF6 5AL
    (SJ638092)
    Chris Hogarth Spaces- please book by email

    16 *** 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.
    10 am - 12 noon At the entrance to the woods off Peregrine Way (by the black wrought iron horse gate)
    TF1 6TH
    John Hughes /
    Friends of Apley Woods
    Spaces- please book by email

    17 Shawbirch Walking for Health Walk
    A Grade 1 - 2 walk. Very few or no gradients. Easy terrain, about 45 mins. This group has walks every Friday .
    10.00 am for 10.15 am Outside Shawbirch Medical Centre
    TF5 0LW
    Walking for Health Leader No booking required
    18 *** Springing around Wrekin Forest: Discover the many streams, wells and springs and the problems they face. ***
    From Forest Glen we visit streams and springs which flow through Forest Glen before walking over the watershed to the wells and springs which feed the Ketley Brook and Strine. After visiting an iron tufa spring we walk up through Limekiln Woods and over to Wenlock's Wood to visit another stream which takes a more direct route to the Severn. We finish by walking to a spring in the side of the Wrekin and back down to Forest Glen. On the walk we will find out about the uses that the streams were put to in the past and the problems they face today. Moderate to strenuous. Mostly using paths but with some "off piste" parts to get to the interesting places. Paths may be muddy and steep in places
    5.75 miles with 1050 ft of ascent, 4 hrs Bring a drink and a snack.
    1.00 pm Forest Glen car park
    TF6 5AL
    (SJ638092)
    Chris Hogarth Spaces- please book by email

    19 *** 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. Option to walk to some or all of the benches located around Little Wenlock, affording wonderful views of the surrounding countryside, see www.littlewenlock.org .
    Donations welcome to the National Garden Scheme charities.
    2.00 pm Church Lane
    Little Wenlock
    TF6 5BB
    Fiona Chancellor /
    Wellington Walkers are Welcome
    Spaces- please book by email

    20o *** Walking-Themed Quiz. ***
    £3.00 entry per person. Teams of up to 4.
    Meal cost extra, meal needs to be ordered by 12th September.
    7.00 pm Red Lion,
    Holyhead Rd
    TF1 2EW
    Organised by Wellington Walkers are Welcome Spaces- please book by email

    Saturday 16th September
    21 Bus Walk- Woodside to Wellington via the Ironbridge Way and the Shropshire Way.
    Via Ironbridge , Coalbrookdale, Little Wenlock and The Wrekin.
    Please bring bus pass or fare and a packed lunch. 13 miles strenuous.
    Please check the website for any changes to the schedule before setting off.
    Meet at 9.00 am for the 9.07 am no 4 Bus to Madeley alight at Wyvern, Woodside at about 9.53 am Wellington Bus Station
    TF1 1PS
    Naomi Wrighton No booking required
    22 *** Telford Steam Railway (TSR)- Walk and Tour ***
    Follow the line of the former railway via The Ironbridge Way to Horsehay to enjoy a tour of the TSR site, steam train ride and track exploration. Lunch available to purchase and donations to TSR welcome. Moderate, approximately 6.5 miles with optional return walk of further 4 miles. Expected finish 3.00 pm at Horsehay, or 5.00 pm in Wellington.
    10.00 am Wellington Leisure Centre
    TF1 1LX
    Pam Hill and TSR Spaces- please book by email

    23 Bus Walk - Trench to Wellington
    This easy 4 mile walk is along the Perry Way from Trench via Trench Lock, Hadley, and Wrekin College.
    Bring bus pass or pay on the bus £2.60 ( correct in May )
    Estimated arrival time in Wellington 4.00 pm.
    Please check the website for any changes to the schedule before setting off.
    Meet at 1.45 pm for the 1.53 pm no 7 Bus to Donnington alight near the Dun Cow Wellington Bus Station
    TF1 1PS
    Greg Vernon No booking required
    24*** Film Night. ***
    The Clifton Community Arts Centre Project present "A Walk In The Woods" starring Robert Redford as Bill Bryson walking the Appalachian Trail. Also stars Emma Thompson and Nick Nolte. Tickets £5.00
    Bookings can be made at www.theclifton.org on or after 29th July 2017 or on the Clifton Project stall in Wellington Market on Saturdays from 9.00 until midday.
    Doors Open 7.00 pm for 7.30 pm The Belmont Hall
    Wellington
    TF1 1LU
    The Clifton Project Please see booking information

    Sunday 17th September
    25 Circular walk : Wellington to Longdon-On-Tern Aqueduct to Wellington
    Along lanes, field paths, including a part of the Shropshire Way and part of the Silkin Way. Approx 12 miles, moderate.
    10.00 am Wellington Leisure Centre
    TF1 1LX
    Naomi Wrighton No booking required
    26 *** Birds of Dothill ***
    A walk over gentle terrain visiting the various habitats of the Dothill Local Nature Reserve to see the measures the Friends are taking to enhance the habitat and to view the resident bird population. Bring binoculars if possible.
    10.00 am Bottom of Severn Drive, opposite Dothill Primary school
    TF1 3JB
    Keith Jones Spaces- please book by email

    27 Our regular "3rd Sunday of the month" Walk
    A trio of community areas, combining 3 of the Wellington 360 Northern Walks, visiting the Admaston Community Orchard, Dothill LNR and Apley Woods LNR.
    Easy/Moderate. The walk will last 1.5 to 2 hours
    2.00 pm Wellington Leisure Centre, TF1 1LX Wellington Walkers are Welcome No booking required


    Grading
    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 ***
    For the Film Night (24) different arrangements apply
    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.
    ***
    Booking ( by email to info@wellingtonwalkersarewelcome.org.uk ) is essential for walks marked ***
    For the Film Night (24) different arrangements apply

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    Last updated 24th July 2017