Telford to Ironbridge Gorge

Route Details

  • From - to: Wellington Railway Station to Ironbridge Gorge
  • Distance: 6 miles
  • Type: Mainly traffic-free with one fairly steep climb travelling south from Trench Lock to Telford
  • Surface: Tarmac and fine gravel paths
  • Access: Wellington, Telford Central train stations
  • National Cycle Network: Route 55 and 81

Route Description

Iron BridgeNow a World Heritage Site, Ironbridge Gorge played a significant role in the birth of Industrial Revolution in the 18th century. Today, the gorge is home to ten museums celebrating the social and industrial history of the area. You can also visit the famous Iron Bridge, one of Shropshire's most famous landmarks, which crosses the River Severn at the Ironbridge Gorge.

Leaving Wellington on National Route 81, the route soon joins the Silkin Way, a wonderful, well-surfaced cycling and walking route which provides a green corridor from Telford to Ironbridge Gorge. The route uses a mixture of canal beds and disused railway lines and passes through woodland, meadow and parkland. Opened in 1977, the route was named after Lewis Silkin an MP who was instrumental in getting the 1949 Access to the Countryside Act passed.

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From - to: Wellington Railway Station to Ironbridge Gorge

Type: Mainly traffic-free with one fairly steep climb travelling south from Trench Lock to Telford

Surface: Tarmac and fine gravel paths

Access: Wellington, Telford Central train stations

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Map shows the National Cycle Network and local routes in this area.

This mostly traffic-free route links the town of Telford with the spectacular Ironbridge Gorge, which contrasts natural beauty with industrial heritage.

6 miles