Ironbridge Walking Festival
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The 2014 Ironbridge Gorge Walking Festival has finished. Over the 9 days 500 walkers have covered almost 5000 miles. As part of this 6 individuals covered over 100 miles each over 7 walks into different parts of the gorge and surrounding area, from the top of the Wrekin, to Linley, Much Wenlock to Shifnal. These are shown with their certificates when they finished Sunday afternoon and stopped for a well earned drink.
The 6 who completed it were, Martin Turner, Ann Southall, Graham Burgess, Neil Cartman, Maura Quill and John Potter. The year has been very different, the mild winter ensured that the trees were in leaf and the bluebells were in their full glory, almost 3 weeks ahead of there normal arrival. The beginning of the week was dry however the more hardened walkers accepted the rain towards the end. Next year I am sure the scenery will be as distinctive.
Alongside the numerous 15 mile walks over 300 people took full advantage of our more specialist shorter walks led by a highly dedicated group of leaders, all experts in their own field.
Already looking towards next year (01 – 10 May 2015), it is planned to run the 100 mile challenge again, but with two variations, the first will be 7 x 15 mile walks, or as a one off to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Festival 10 x 10 miles walks over 10 days. It will back to 9 days in 2016. The shorter more specifically focused walks will be available so if you want to know more about the history of the Gorge, its geology, or the flora and fauna put the week after the early May Bank Holiday in your diary and come and join us.
The draft programme for 2015 should be available on the site towards the end of November and the confirmed programme by the middle of February when bookings will be possible.