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The 2018 Wellington Walking Festival programme  is  available here ..................

This year's festival has now finished here is a gallery of photos and  the festival report  

There is an anonymous feedback form for the festival at  it would be helpful if you could tell us what you thought of any events you have been to. Thanks

For those events that need booking ,  other than the Memory Walk  or the film please visit the events page  . Please remember to select the number of tickets, otherwise the checkout button will not function.

For the Memory Walk book by phone. If the phone link does not work for you please check the  pdf for the number.

For the film book via Wellington Orbit .

If there are are changes, because of bus timings or anything unexpected they will appear here , and on the events page for bookable events

Events that need booking are marked with *s below, please book via the Events page.  (For bookings for the Memory Walk or the film, please see above.)

Some descriptions in the table below are truncated. Please refer to the pdf file above for the full description.

Litter Pick at Forest Glen
Join the Friends of the Shropshire Way and Telford Street Champions in helping to remove litter from the Forest Glen area and from the main paths up and around The Wrekin.Equipment will be provided on the day but please bring your own kit if you have it.Free refreshments (tea coffee & squash) will be available for attendees from the Buckatree Hall Hotel.
Monday 10th September 9.30 am to 12 noon
Forest Glen Car Park TF6 5AL
Wellington Walkers are Welcome/Chad Addison
Telford T50 50 Mile Trail Part 1 Town Park - Ironbridge
10.5 miles. Moderate. Bring a packed lunch. Return 16.30 Bus 19 to Telford Town Centre then Bus 4, arrive back 17.31.
Monday 10th September 9.36 Bus 4 to Telford Town Centre
Wellington Bus Station
Naomi Wrighton
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.
Monday 10th September 9.45 am for 10.00 am
By the post box at the back of the community centre . TF1 6NA
Walking for Health Leader
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.
Monday 10th September 1.45 pm for 2.00 pm
Currently meeting by the post box at the back of Leegomery community centre . TF1 6NA. Check on website for meeting place.
Walking for Health Leader
*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
Monday 10th September 2.00 pm
Adjacent to the Shakespeare Inn Coalport TF8 7HZ . Grid ref. SJ 696 0025
Andrew Jenkinson
Telford T50 50 Mile Trail Part 2 Ironbridge- Wellington
11.5 miles. Bring a packed lunch. Strenuous.
Tuesday 11th September 8.48 am Bus 4 from Wellington Bus Station to Telford Town Centre then 9.30 am Bus 8 to Dale End
Wellington Bus Station
Naomi Wrighton
*Larkin in Wellington: tracing the poet in residence*
2018 marks the 75th anniversary of Philip Larkin's appointment as Wellington's librarian in November 1943. Come and explore the haunts of the artist in residence in a period regarded by many Larkin scholars as crucial to his development as a writer and poet. We'll also be looking at the lives some of the other creatives commemorated in the town's new series of makers' murals. Easy walk 1-2 miles Duration: 1.5-2 hours
Tuesday 11th September 10.30 am
Outside All Saints Church TF1 1DN
Marc Petty
*Memory Walk* Booking by phone essential. 01952 740287
Aimed at those with memory difficulties. Join us with your carer on a gentle stroll around Wellington lasting between 30 and 45 minutes.We will stop at a cafe near the end of our walk so bring money to buy refreshments. We will then walk back to the Leisure Centre returning at about 12.30pm.
Tuesday 11th September 11.00 am-12.30 pm
In foyer of Wellington Leisure Centre TF1 1LX
Eve Clevenger
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 . Easy-moderate. 60-90 minutes walking.
Tuesday 11th September 2.00 pm - 4.00 pm
Wellington Leisure Centre TF1 1LX
Wellington Walkers are Welcome
Telford T50 50 Mile Trail Part 3 Wellington Leisure centre to Wellington Station
4.5 miles (This walk is repeated on Thursday)
Tuesday 11th September 5.30 pm
Wellington Leisure Centre TF1 1LX
Naomi Wrighton
Telford T50 50 Mile Trail Part 4 Wellington Station to Oakengates
A linear walk via Horsehay Lawley and Ketley in collaboration with Rail Ramblers ( Bring a packed lunch. Moderate 10 miles. Return 16.54 train.
Wednesday 12th September 9.45 am
Platform 1 Wellington Railway Station
Naomi Wrighton and Steve Paynter
*Bus Walk and Vineyard visit - Wellington to Rodington Vineyard*
To promote the relaunched Shropshire Way - an easy flat walk on fieldaths and lanes of approximately 6 miles followed by a tour and sampling at the vineyard. Bring a packed lunch and bus fare/pass. Estimated arrival time in Wellington 4.30 pm.
Wednesday 12th September 10.30 am
Wellington Leisure Centre TF1 1LX
Pam Hill/Eve Clevenger
Wellington Walking for Health
Choice of:An easy 30 mins Grade 1 walk; A Grade 2 walk. Possible but few gradients steps or uneven ground. 30 - 60 min;A Grade 3 walk. Definite or likely gradients possible steps & uneven ground. Brisk walk. 60 - 90 mins.
Wednesday 12th September 1.45 pm for 2.00 pm
Wellington Leisure Centre TF1 1LX
Walking for Health Leaders
*The Natural and Cultural History of Madeley Court*
A 90 minute tour of Madeley Court Pitmound LNR and Hotel environs. Outdoor clothing and preferably waterproof walking boots/shoes. Free leaflet and booklet for participants.Easy/moderate - some steep steps.Distance - approx. 2 miles. Duration - approx. 90 mins
Wednesday 12th September 2.00 pm
Madeley Ski Centre Car Park TF7 5DZ
Alec Connah South Telford Rights of Way Partnership Project Officer.
Telford- the Forest City at 50
Illustrated talks celebrating Telford with particular emphasis on ecology and the new Telford T50 50 Mile Trail
Wednesday 12th September 7.00 pm
Wellington Library TF1 1LX
John Box and Naomi Wrighton
*The Eco Trail and Garden at Denso*
A return walk and tour of the Eco Trail and Gardens at DENSO Manufacturing on Hortonwood .Enjoy a pizza from the wood fired oven whilst enjoying the garden. Constructed by DENSO associates in conjunction with local schools and wildlife trusts this is an example of environmental conservation by a corporate citizen in the local community. Start from Wellington for the full walk or join us at Leegomery Community Centre for a shorter alternative. An easy walk of 8 miles from Wellington or 4 miles from Leegomery including the tour.
Thursday 13th September Wellington at 10.00 am Leegomery at 10.45 am Finish: Wellington 3.00 pm
Wellington Leisure Centre TF1 1LX orLeegomery Cummunity Centre TF1 6NA
Malcolm Skelton
A guided walk at Attingham Park
Take a walk with one of the NT Rangers to find out more about the flora and fauna of Attingham Park. NT members bring along your membership card non-members special festival entry of 3 pounds per person (which includes the Mansion). 2.5 mile moderate walk approx. 1.5 - 2 hours.
Thursday 13th September 2.00 pm
Meet at Visitor Reception Attingham Park SY4 4TP
National Trust Ranger
Telford T50 50 Mile Trail Part 3 Wellington Leisure centre to Wellington Station
Alternative for those not wishing to do this on Tues evening. 4.5 miles
Thursday 13th September 3.00 pm
Wellington Leisure Centre TF1 1LX
Naomi Wrighton
*The industrial heritage of the Wrekin Forest*
Limekiln Woods Steeraway and The Ercall 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 770 ft of ascentFinish 3:00 pm
Friday 14th September 10.00 am
Wellington Leisure Centre TF1 1LX
Chris Hogarth
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 .
Friday 14th September 10.00 am for 10.15 am
Outside Shawbirch Medical Centre TF5 0LW
Walking for Health Leader
*Explore the canals and early industrial history of North/East Telford*
An exploration of the Donnington Wood canal also the Lodge Furnaces and some of the early coal mine sites the remains of Waxhill Barracks along with some of the transport systems in the area.About 2.5 miles. Expected finish time 4.30 pm. (Transport from Wellington possible by prior arrangement.)
Friday 14th September 2.30 pm
Granville Car park on Granville Rd TF2 7QG
Alistair Price Shrewsbury & Newport Canal Trust
*Beetle Drive* Cancelled
Friday 14th September 7.00 pm
Telford T50 50 Mile Trail Part 5 Oakengates to Lilleshall.
6 miles. Return by Bus 5 and 4 probable return time in Wellington 3 pm. Packed lunch needed.
Saturday 15th September 9.36 Bus 4 to Oakengates Market St
Wellington Bus Station
Naomi Wrighton
*Dothill Local Nature Reserve "50 Tree Trail"*
A chance to see 50 different types of tree growing within the reserve. Trail Maps will be provided on the day. Members of the Friends Committee will accompany the group as it follows the trail through the Reserve.As some of the terrain is a little uneven an "Easy Access" option will be available for people with buggies or wheelchairs.Full walk 3.5 miles shorter options available.
Saturday 15th September 10.00 am to 12 noon
Admaston House overflow Car Park (Opposite Admaston House TF5 0BN )
Friends of Dothill LNR
*Telford Steam Railway (TSR)- Walk and Tour*
Explore the rural delights of the route from Wellington to Horsehay using the T50 50 Mile Trail to enjoy a tour of the TSR site and steam train ride. Lunch available to purchase. Donations to TSR welcome. Moderate approximately 5 miles with optional return walk of similar distance. Expected finish 3 pm at Horsehay or 5 pm in Wellington .
Saturday 15th September 10.00 am
Wellington Leisure Centre TF1 1LX
Malcolm Skelton and TSR
*Film Night*
Wellington Orbit present "Mandela Long Walk to Freedom" starring Idris Elba as Nelson Mandela. A chronicle of Nelson Mandela's life journey from his childhood in a rural village through to his inauguration as the first democratically elected president of South Africa. Tickets 5.00 pund. Bookings can be made at or on the Wellington Orbit stall in Wellington Market on Saturdays from 9.00 until midday.
Saturday 15th September Doors Open 7.00 pm for 7.30 pm
The Belmont Hall Wellington TF1 1LU
Wellington Orbit
Telford T50 50 Mile Trail Part 6 Lilleshall Hill to the Town Park
8.5 miles. Joint with Telford & East Shropshire Ramblers. Bring packed lunch. Return by Bus 4.
Sunday 16th September 10.00 Bus 7 Change to Bus 5 (10.31 )at Donnington Parade ( or 10.10 Bus 5 from Telford Town Centre )
Wellington Bus Station
Naomi Wrighton
*Fungus Foray in Dothill*
Join John Hughes of the Shropshire Wildlife Trust and some of the Friends of Dothill LNR for this easy 2 mile walk which will take about 2 to 2.5 hours .
Sunday 16th September 10.00 am - 12.30 pm
Dothill Primary School TF1 3JB
John Hughes/Friends of Dothill LNR
Our regular "3rd Sunday of the month" Walk
Visit to Admaston Community Orchard possibly via the new paths through the Haygate Fields site depending on progress Easy/Moderate. The walk will last 1.5 to 2 hours. .
Sunday 16th September 2.00 pm
Wellington Leisure Centre TF1 1LX
Wellington Walkers are Welcome
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