12. Exploring the Urban Commons of Hadley and Ketley
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About The Event
Urban Commons are those little local places that are great for wildlife but often overlooked on the way to the countryside. They form an important part of Telford's Green Network. On this walk we will discover some of the hidden gems in Hadley and Ketley. From Hadley Centre we walk south onto the playing fields of HLC and hear about how local philanthropists gifted the land to local people. Continuing S over the railway we use the disused branchline to Coalbrookdale to meet the A5 and continue along lanes up to Ketley Paddock Mound another local gem and a haven for wildlife. From there we descend down through Ketley Millenium Village. The village is built on the remains of the coal mines that could be found in this part of Telford and we will explore some of the remnant heathland that has colonised the colliery spoil heaps. This area also has secluded woodland, scrub and ponds all rich in wildlife. Ascending to look out over the Shropshire plain and over to the Wrekin from the vantage point of the Beveley Glen tip we descend to Middle and Trench Pools to see the birdlife that use these wetlands. Continuing to Trench Lock Interchange we join National Cycle Network 81 along the side of the railway which now serves Hortonwood Freight Terminal before returning to Hadley Centre.
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