There are 2 annual walking festivals held within the borough at Ironbridge and Wellington. There is also an annual festival held just to the south in Much Wenlock.
Ironbridge Walking Festival
Traditionally held in early May each year, the Ironbridge Walking Festival provides over 50 free themed and longer walks over the course of the 10 day event in and around this unique World Heritage Site.
As you explore the Gorge, you will discover more about the remarkable history of this unique part of the world, where the Industrial Revolution started over 250 years ago. Find out about some of the flora and fauna with walk leaders who will help you identify flowers, trees and birds.
The programme is split into two parts:
- Themed walks, these are more informative mostly under 5 miles.
- Long walks, these are more suitable for more regular walkers.
All walks return to the start point unless specified.
Wellington Walking Festival
The Wellington festival is held later in the summer and provides a wide variety of over 25 free walks including short therapeutic fresh air and memory walks, themed and educational events through to longer (all day) walks.
Walks take in the highlights of the Wrekin Forest including the iconic hill itself with its stunning views, the mixture of nature and industrial heritage to be found within Limekiln Wood and the Ercall Nature Reserve alongside the Ercall Quarry’s internationally renowned geological formations. There is also a chance to explore the area around The Wrekin and to take in the wonderful scenery as viewed from Little Wenlock’s Bench Walks.
Other walks focus on the Literary heritage of Wellington and explore nearby Apley Woods. The tour and circular walk from Wappenshall Canal Wharf is always popular and, to the north, you can explore the heritage & wetland wildlife of the Weald Moors.
The festival offers an opportunity to try Nordic Walking and Orienteering as well as broadening your knowledge of how the Countryside works and how to enjoy it safely. For those who like a longer walk, there is always a Bus Walk and a Rail Ramble during the festival. And, for light-hearted evening entertainment, you can relax and take part in their special Walking-themed Quiz!
Visit the Wellington walkers are welcome website to view full details of the festival and there are leaflets available at sites throughout the borough.
Much Wenlock Walking Weekend
Held over the first weekend in September the Much Wenlock Walking Weekend offers a range of walks to suit everyone in and around the town. Visit the Much Wenlock Walkers website to view full details of the event.
Last updated: 12/03/2021 15:00