A. 12 miles
A. It can be comfortably walked in 5 to 6 hours.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A. Stirchley & Brookside Parish Council
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A. Contact Stirchley & Brookside Parish Council: 01952 528201, South Telford Rights of Way Partnership 01952 525103 or contact us via this the website.
A. It is recommended that you wear walking boots or suitable footwear that offers good ankle support and grip. Trainers are not recommended.
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.