Frequently Asked Questions

Questions

 

Q1. How long is the Trail?

Q2. How long does it take to complete?

Q3. Where does it start from?

Q4. What if I don't want to walk the whole Trail?

Q5. Are there any guided walks on the Trail?

Q6. How difficult is the Trail?

Q7. Who maintains the Trail and replaces missing discs or posts?

Q8. How is the Trail marked?

Q9. Is there a walking guide for the Trail?

Q10. What is contained in the walking guide?

Q11. Where can I park a car?

Q12. Are there any bus stops on the Trail?

Q13. Which parts of the trail are most suitable for wheelchairs and child buggies?

Q14. If I encounter a problem connected with the Trail (eg. fallen trees, vandalism, missing discs) how do I report it?

Q15. What footwear is suitable for the Trail?

Q16. Why does the website route planner show the walking time for the trail as 4 hours?

 


Answers

 

Q1. How long is the trail?

 

A. 12 miles

 

 

Q2. How long does it take to complete?

 

A. It can be comfortably walked in 5 to 6 hours.

 

 

Q3. Where does it start from?

 

A. There is no single start or finish point as you can pick up the trail at any of the numbered heritage sites along its route. Some recommended start points are: Malinslee Chapel (1) in Telford Town Park, the Rose and Crown Public House (7) in Stirchley, the Bottom of Madeley High Street (18), the Jackfield & Coalport Memorial Bridge (25) at Coalport, the Station Hotel/Ironbridge (29, 30), the Coalbrookdale Railway Station (32) at the Greenwood Centre, Jiggers Bank/Toll House (37) at Coalbrookdale
and Castle Pools (43) near Southall Road.

 

 

Q4. What if I don't want to walk the whole trail?

 

A. The trail has been split into 4 parts and the walking guide has been split into 8 sections. Using the maps and the walking directions it should be possible to tackle the trail in bite-sized pieces.

 

 

Q5. Are there any guided walks on the trail?

A. Yes. A number of guided walks will be held during the year on different sections of the trail? See the About the Trail page for more details.

  
Q6. How difficult is the Trail?

 

A. Most sections of the trail are on good tracks and paths. Section 5 (Ironbridge to Coalbrookdale) has steep steps and rough tracks and section 7 (Lightmoor Crossing to Stirchley & Dawley Train Station) includes a stile and steps at the railway crossing point and uphill stretches.

 

 

Q7. Who maintains the Trail and replaces missing discs or posts?

 

A. Stirchley & Brookside Parish Council

 


Q8. How is the Trail marked?

 

A. The Trail is marked with its own recognisable way marker disc on wooden posts and lamp posts. Each disc will include a direction arrow.
The Trail is marked in both a clockwise and anti-clockwise direction.

 


Q9. Is there a walking guide for the Trail?

 

A. Yes. Go to the ‘planning a walk section' of the website where you can view, download or print the walking guide. The walking guide will take you in a clockwise direction around the trail.

 

 

Q10. What is contained in the walking guide?

 

A. The walking guide includes maps and directions for walking the Trail. For ease of use, the directions have been split into 8 short sections. Each section includes information on distance, time, terrain and refreshments. The numbered heritage sites, printed in bold in the text, correspond to the numbers shown on the maps.

 

 

Q11. Where can I park a car?

 

A. There are a number of car parking sites shown on the map. The recommended parking sites are: Telford Town Centre, the car park at Legges Way off the Madeley roundabout, Coalport near the Hay Inclined Plane, Station Car park at Ironbridge and the long stay car park at Dale End. Charges may apply. Please note that parking at the museums is for museum visitors only.

 

 

Q12. Are there any bus stops on the Trail?

 

A. There are a number of bus stops on or near the Trail. Details of routes and bus numbers can be found at Telford Travel Link http://www.telfordtravelink.co.uk/. Telford Travel Link is a one stop shop for all your local travel needs.

 

 

Q13. Which parts of the trail are most suitable for wheelchairs and child buggies?

 

A. Buggies: Sections 1, 2, 3, 4, 6 and 8 are possible. However, there will still be some steps and stiles to negotiate and two footbridges to cross. There is no footpath on the Coalport Road at section 3.

 

A. Wheelchairs: Parts of the Trail offer some degree of wheelchair suitability for short stretches only. Sections 1, 2, and 4 offer the most options. Sections 5 and 7 are not recommended.

 

 

Q14. If I encounter a problem connected with the Trail (eg. fallen trees, vandalism, missing discs) how do I report it?

 

A. Contact Stirchley & Brookside Parish Council: 01952 528201, South Telford Rights of Way Partnership 01952 525103 or contact us via this the website.

 

 

Q15. What footwear is suitable for the Trail?

 

A. It is recommended that you wear walking boots or suitable footwear that offers good ankle support and grip. Trainers are not recommended.

 

 

Q16. Why does the website route planner show the walking time for the trail as 4 hours?

 

A. The website route planner calculates the time based on a speed of 3 miles(5kms) per hour. It does not factor in any time for stops.