- Range Walking Club
- Sunday 16th March
- The next walk will take place on Sunday 16 March in S.E.
Shropshire. All the walks will end at Ironbridge. They
will have considerable scenic variety, passing through
woodlands, and along the banks of the River Severn, as
well as meadows and little country lanes, but the main
feature of the 'A' and 'B' walks will be the traverse of
the Wrekin, an isolated hill of ancient rock rising 1000
feet above the Shropshire Plain and commanding very
extensive views in all directions. (The use of the word
traverse means up one side and down the other, a splendid
ridge walk - it does not imply any mountaineering
skill!!) Wildlife is also a feature of the area of the
walks. The pre-walk party observed numerous duck, geese,
rabbits and a fox. If the walk follows a few wet days
some parts will be muddy, so all walkers should go in
suitable foot-gear, bearing in mind also that the descent
of the Wrekin is very steep. There will be a convenience
stop on the outward journey, and Ironbridge is well
provided with cafes, museums of the industrial
development. (and toilets). The coach will leave at 8.00 a.m., and we expect to be back in Formby by 7.30
perhaps a little earlier. The cost of the coach will be
£3.00 for adults and £2.00 for children. Please
indicate your choice of walk. All walks may be followed
on O.S. Sheet 127 (Stafford, Telford) 1:50,000.
- 'A' Walk
Starting from the school 651106 the party will follow the
lane under the M54 and then take the footpath over
Lawrence's Hill. There follows a descent to a country
lane before the main climb to the summit of the Wrekin
628081. The route down brings the party to Neves Castle
613070. For the next two miles country lanes will be
followed through Garmston to Leighton 611054. From there
a path along the bank of the River Severn leads to
Cressage Bridge, just off the map. The party will then
turn East, following a minor road to Sheinton Common
615037. From there a footpath leads past Buildwas Abbey
to the Bridge at 645042. A lane past the Power Station on
the South side of the river leads to a caravan site, and
a footpath up through the woods to Bethall Edge 656030.
The final stage of the walk is a woodland path leading to
a disused railway track and the Ironbridge itself.
Distance: 13½ miles
- Ascent: 1800 feet. Approx
- Leader: David Guiver
This will follow the same route as the 'A' party
as far as Leighton, except for the first section by
taking a little lane to the West of it, Lawrence's Hill
can be avoided. From Leighton a path along the North bank
of the river can be followed to Buildwas Church 637047.
From there the route into Ironbridge is partly along the
road, and partly along the river bank to the coach park.
The bridge is slightly further on.
Distance: 10 Miles (this includes the extra bit to the
Ascent: 1000 feet.
Leader: Arthur Jones
This party will do the 'A' walk in reverse, as far as
Buildwas Bridge. This does involve a climb of about 500
feet. There will be time to visit the Abbey ruins
(entrance 50p for adults, 25p for children). The return
to Ironbridge will be on the North side of the river,
following the later part of the 'B' route.
Distance: 5½ miles
Leader: Ken Lamb