Ironbridge Gorge Walking Festival 2014
Saturday 3rd May 2014 - Sunday 11th May 2014 (All walks are FREE)
The 2013 Walking Festival has come to completion, 600 walkers covered almost 4000 miles in the glorious Ironbridge Gorge and surrounding areas.
Our thanks go out to all who have supported us in 2013 and look forward to seeing you next year. The organising committee anticipate having a draft programme available here by November 2013 and the final programme by January 2014.
Now in its eighth year, the Ironbridge Gorge Walking Festival 2013 marked the 60th anniversary of The Queen’s coronation with a new circular walk around the Ironbridge Gorge Museums showing some of the locations of Royal visits since 1900. These included a plaque unveiled by Her Majesty in 1967.
On the same day, Bank Holiday Monday, 6th May, there was also a challenging 14 mile walk taking in a section of the aptly named Monarch’s Way, a long distance path following the escape route taken by Charles II after his defeat at the Battle of Worcester.
Larger than ever before, the nine-day festival featured 40 free guided walks in and around the glorious Ironbridge Gorge World Heritage Site covering a range of interests and abilities from family outings to long distance hikes. Some take in historic trails and local flora and fauna, while others explore the mining legacy and the part played by The Gorge in the Industrial Revolution, making the festival both more challenging for the experienced walker, and interesting for those wanting to find out more about this beautiful area’s remarkable history.
The walks are graded into four levels of difficulty ranging from a gentle two-hour family treasure hunt with two routes, one pushchair and wheelchair friendly, up to a strenuous, 15 mile circular hike over the Wrekin, ideal for more experienced walkers happy with steep climbs and rough terrain. For the more adventurous there are also longer walks around the South Telford Heritage Trail and a circular tour of the Gorge to discover the history of the river bridges.