A 8.5 mile walk from Ironbridge and through Coalbrookdale to the iconic landmark of The Wrekin.

Distance

8.5 miles

Terrain

Some steep ascents and descents over uneven paths

Start from

Ironbridge

Nearest to

Ironbridge

Parking

Parking is available at Ironbridge

Map reference

Lat/Long: 52.6272900613, -2.485459433

OS: SJ67234

The route

Walking north from Ironbridge Gorge World Heritage site and Coalbrookdale you rise steadily uphill through woodland and open fields towards the iconic landmark of The Wrekin.

Ironbridge Gorge World Heritage Site

Ironbridge Gorge was designated as a World Heritage Site in 1986 in recognition of the area’s unique contribution to the birth of the Industrial Revolution. The town was named after the first Iron Bridge built by Abraham Darby III in 1779.

The Wrekin

The Shropshire Way takes you up and over the very top of one of the Midlands’ most famous natural landmarks at a height of 1,335 feet. If you prefer, there are established low-level and midway paths which offer less strenuous alternative routes around The Wrekin. For those taking the main path the climb is steep in places but affords access to wonderful panoramic views from the top. Just below the summit can be found the famous rock formations of the Needle’s Eye and Raven’s Bowl (aka the Cuckoo’s Cup) – but tread carefully and try not to disturb the sleeping giants when you visit them.

The Wrekin has almost certainly been occupied for over 3,000 years. After passing through the inner and outer entrances of the Cornovii hill fort known as Heaven’s Gate and Hell’s Gate, the path descends through woodland passing the Wrekin Cottage (or Halfway House as it is generally called these days) on the way to the northern entrance at Forest Glen.

Little Wenlock Benchwalks

Having followed the woodland paths upward from Coalbrookdale you emerge into open countryside and approach the village of Little Wenlock. This is the second highest village in Shropshire at 720 feet above sea level and the Benchwalks provide opportunities for all to sit and savour the wonderful surroundings of the Shropshire Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).