Coalbrookdale and the Ironbridge Gorge Walk
A circular walk from the village of Coalbrookdale exploring Shropshire's wonderful Ironbridge Gorge.
The walk starts from the Coalbrookdale Museum of Iron which is located south west of Telford at postcode TF8 7DQ. The fascinating museum details the history of the area and features stunning exhibits, exquisite art castings and functional cookware all made from iron.
From the museum you can pick up woodland trails heading south through the gorge to the town of Ironbridge on the River Severn. The historic town takes its name from, The Iron Bridge, a 100-foot (30 m) cast iron bridge that opened in 1781. The surrounding gorge, was formed by a glacial overflow from the long drained away Lake Lapworth, at the end of the last ice age.
After exploring the town the route then follows the Severn Way footpath east along the river before picking up the Ironbridge Way. This waymarked trail will take you north through the gorge to Rough Park. There are some nice trails here heading west along the Rough Park Way back into Coalbrookdale.
PostcodeTF8 7DQ - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations
Coalbrookdale Ordnance Survey Map - view and print off detailed OS map
Coalbrookdale Open Street Map - view and print off detailed map
Coalbrookdale OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking
Coalbrookdale Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking
The White Hart in Ironbridge is a good place to stop for refreshments. The 18th century inn is located in a great spot next to the river. You can find it at 10 Wharfage, with a postcode of TF8 7AW for your sat navs.
The woodland trails in the gorge are ideal for dog walking. The White Hart pub mentioned above is also dog friendly.
Further Information and Other Local Ideas
Just to the north east of the gorge you'll find the attractive market town of Shifnal. There's a nice easy climb to Lodge Hill to the south of the town. It's a good viewpoint with nice views over the area to the Wrekin. The Shifnal Walk visits the hill and the gorge from the town and is a nice way to reach it on foot.
The village is also close to Telford so you can easily pick up the Telford Walk. The route uses the Silkin Way and the Ironbridge Way to create a circular walk around the town on good waymarked footpaths. Also nearby is the lovely Granville Country Park where there more nice trails to try.
Just a mile south of the Iron Bridge you can follow a footpath to Benthall Hall. This National Trust owned hall dates from the 16th century and includes some beautiful gardens. You can tour the fine house and learn all about the interesting family history which dates back to the doomsday. book.
Just to the north west there's the lovely Aqualate Mere to explore. There's a pleasant waterside path to pick up at this large, scenic lake. The site is one of the area's highlights and notable as the largest natural lake in the English Midlands. Just to the west of here there's the interesting market town of Newport where you can enjoy another waterside stroll along the old Newport Canal.
The Wellington Walk starts from the historic market town which lies just north west of Telford. It visits the wonderful viewpoint at The Wrekin and The Ercall Nature Reserve where there are some striking geological features to admire. The walk start from close to the town's bus station and train station making the area accessible by public transport. The town is also well worth exploring with its historic market and the splendid Victorian house and garden at the National Trust's Sunnycroft to see.
For more walks in the area see the Shropshire Hills Walks page.