Ironbridge Heritage Walk - 16km
15 people attending
5 places left
Plenty to look at on this walk around the Ironbridge World Heritage site. We will be wondering along old railway lines, through woodlands and getting lost among the small backstreets of this famous town, the location of the world's first iron bridge, built in 1779.
Here are some of the highlights;
- Buildwas Abbey, English Heritage, free to visit. Impressive ruins of a Cistercian abbey, including its unusually unaltered 12th century church, beautiful vaulted and tile-floored chapter house, and recently re-opened crypt chapel.
- Bedlam Furnaces, built in 1756-7 by the Madeley Wood Company
- Ironbridge, the world's first iron bridge. Crossing the River Severn, it was completed in 1779 and opened to traffic in 1781.
- Hay Inclined Plane, a canal inclined plane, with a height of 63 m. It was located at the end of the Shropshire Canal, part of a network of canals that linked the industrial region of east Shropshire with the River Severn. The inclined plane was in operation from 1793 to 1894.
- Coalport China - a manufacturer of fine English chinaware which was based on the site between 1795 and 1926.
This event is a precursor to the social - Late Night At The Shrewsbury Market Hall
The route is viewable here. If you would like a gpx version of the route, contact the leader.
If a fan of parkrun - the leader (Will) is likely to attend the Telford parkrun prior to this event. Send him a message if interested.
If the event is full, join the waiting list. There are always drop outs and it may be possible to increase the numbers.
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Photos: All photos taken by Will Allaway and used with permission.
What to bring
Water: bring at least two litres
Medicines: if you have hay fever, diabetes, minor ailments etc.
Day rucksack: typically 30 plus litres, they are comfortable to wear and allow you to use your arms freely
Boots: Waterproof and breathable and designed for hiking. NOT suitable for trainers.
Socks: proper walking socks will keep your feet dry and help prevent blisters
Layered clothing: lets you quickly adapt to changes in the weather and body temperature. Go for a base layer (vest or t-shirt) and a mid layer (a micro fleece or shirt) and an outer layer (a windproof jacket or thick fleece)
Trousers: No jeans as they become heavy and cold in the rain, breathable fabrics are more comfortable and dry and on warm days shorts are OK
Waterproof jacket: essential when hiking, breathable fabrics are more comfortable and dry
Gloves: Windproof, or better still, waterproof gloves are the best choice, bring a spare pair if expecting rain
Hat or cap: stay warm in winter and shaded in summer
Sunscreen in Spring and Summer
Sunglasses: for any sunny day, even in winter
Snacks: bring biscuits, energy bars, gels, bananas, chocolate or dried fruit for example and put them somewhere easy to get hold of
Lunch: bring a packed lunch unless otherwise stated
A good idea is to bring a change of clothing if the weather is cold and wet to change into for the ride home.
Please refer to the ODL Kit List Guidelines for further information
Food & drink
Bring drinks and snacks. We may have time for a pub lunch, but totally depends on our pace and how busy the pub is, so bring enough food and nibbles just in case.