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Wellington Walks- Route A

From the Railway Station to the top of The Wrekin

The length of this walk, in one direction, is approximately 3.5 miles (5.5 km). The walk climbs 1,000 feet (300 metres).

This is Walk A  on Wellington Town Council's double sided leaflet  

 Map of the route. (GPX file can be downloaded from this link too)
The map will make more sense if you press the 'hybrid' button.
The numbers on the route are the approximate mile markers.

The Route

From the station ticket office take the road up towards W.H.Smith, turn left go through The Square, keeping to the left of the black and white building. Carry straight on up Tan Bank. Cross Victoria Road and continue through the pedestrian access into Tan Bank.


After about 30 metres take the brick footpath on the right. Cross the next road (Roseway) and take the footpath immediately opposite. Carry on past the allotments on your right and Sunnycroft (NT) on the left.


Cross Holyhead Road by the pelican crossing going ahead into Golf Links Lane. Continue until just before the bridge under the motorway.

Take the signed public footpath to the right. Continue until you reach the next bridge over the motorway. Cross over the M54 to where Ercall Wood begins. Take the path on the left of the road. This takes you along the edge of the Ercall Wood Nature Reserve. The path joins Ercall Lane by the Buckatree Hall Hotel. Walk carefully along the road until the next road junction.


This area at the foot of The Wrekin is called the Forest Glen. Cross the road, go through a large gate into the wood. Take the track which leads gently up. Follow the main track as it bends right to the Halfway House. At busy times light refreshments are on sale here.


Go through another gate and continue on the path up the hill, which turns to rise steeply up the ridge. At Hell Gate you enter the hill fort. The track climbs to Heaven Gate, from where it is almost level to the top. Here you'll find a trig. point and a toposcope. In good weather the views are magnificent.

Return by the same route. Alternatively, continue along the ridge (the descent is quite steep), and, at the bottom of the steep section, where a permissive path crosses, turn in either direction as shown on Route B
Another option is to cross the Ercall summit on the way out, the way back, or both, see Route C

The length of this walk, in one direction, is approximately 3.5 miles (5.5 km). The walk climbs 1,000 feet (300 metres).


If you find any obstructions or problems on our local paths please tell us. We can't promise a speedy resolution, but the more evidence we have of problems, the more pressure we can exert.

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