Ironbridge Walking Festival
The 11th Annual Ironbridge Gorge Walking Festival
Ironbridge in Shropshire is known as the Birthplace of Industry and is also the home of one of the biggest Walking Festivals in the West Midlands.
If you want a walk with a difference, come and take part in the Ironbridge Walking Festival, the biggest walking festival in the West Midlands. The Ironbridge Gorge is a World Heritage Site, recognised as the birthplace of modern industry. The Ironbridge Gorge Museums will help you understand the rich heritage of the Gorge; walking it will enable you to use the labyrinth of paths left by the industries as they developed, and experience that heritage for yourself.
Over nine days starting on 30 April 20+ experienced walk leaders will take groups around the Gorge, to the towns and villages that were exploited by the industrialists of the Industrial Revolution, who helped create the world-wide British Empire of the 19th Century.
The Festival is divided into two sections. Part one, consisting of about 30 walks, is for those who enjoy a more gentle walk in the countryside. Most of these walks are less than 6 miles (10 km) and are led by enthusiasts in their field. Find out how to get a canal boat down a 200 ft (63m) hill, or in the year of its closure, why the cooling towers at the Ironbridge Power Station are coloured. It could be the last opportunity to see them; will they still be here in 2017?
The second part is for the more serious walkers. Why not join us for the day? Bring your lunch, ensure you are prepared for the weather and we will take you on an adventure. Each day we offer a walk of approximately 11 miles (18 km) which, during the whole 9 days will take in the whole of the Gorge area. Or if you are a really serious walker we also offer our very long walks. These are 15 – 20 miles (24 – 32 km) and most will entail 3000 ft (900 m) of climbing, if not more.
The aim is for the long walks to finish before 4 pm. If you come as a group, some to take part in the long walks and some the shorter ones; there are other activities, cafés and hostelries in the town to pass the time until the long walks finish.
Within the Ironbridge Gorge we can show you canals, railways, blast furnaces, steel works and lime kilns. We can also explain why 17 million pounds of taxpayers’ money was spent on stabilising the area, which you can now, once again, walk through.
Come and join us between 30 Apr – 08 May 16 and experience the wealth of nature and history within the Ironbridge Gorge.
For more information:
Telephone: 01952 433 424
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