GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Shifnal Walk

9 miles (14 km)

This walk from the town heads through the countryside to visit the historic town of Ironbridge on the River Severn. On the way there's an easy climb to a pleasant viewpoint located just to the south of the town.
The walk starts from train station and follows roads south through the town. You then pick up footpaths to climb to Lodge Hill. It's a small hill but there are still some nice views over the town and the surrounding countryside to the nearby Wrekin hill.
You then descend Lodge Hill to pick up the Monarch's Way. Follow the waymarked trail south west and it will take you to Kemberton before coming to the river at Coalport. Here you'll pass the pretty Coalport Canal and the interestingCoalport China Museumwhich is well worth visiting if you have time.
At Coalport you can pick up a section of the Severn Way and follow it west along the river to Ironbridge. The town takes its name from,The Iron Bridge, a 100-foot (30m)cast ironbridge that opened in 1781. It includes TheIronbridge Gorge, formed by a glacial overflow from the long drained awayLake Lapworth, at the end of thelast ice age.

Shifnal OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Shifnal Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

Shifnal Pubs/Cafes

The White Hart in Shifnal is a good choice for some post walk refreshments. The traditional pub has a good menu and selection of ales. Outside there's a beautiful garden with a view of the river and a pretty iron bridge. You can find the pub on the High Street at postcode TF11 8BH for your sat navs. They also have their own car park.

Shifnal Dog Walking

The country paths and riverside trails make for a fine dog walk. The White Hart pub mentioned above is also dog friendly.

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

At the end of the route you could pick up the circular Coalbrookdale and Ironbridge Gorge Walk which visits the fascinating Coalbrookdale Museum of Iron before exploring the woodland trails in the gorge.
The town is 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 pay a visit to the historic 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 theinteresting family history which dates back to the doomsday.
For more walks in the area see the Shropshire Hills Walks page.

Cycle Routes and Walking Routes Nearby

Photos

Shops in Shifnal - geograph.org.uk - 810557

Shops in Shifnal. These are on the junction of Bradford Street and Church Street, and stand directly opposite Naughty Nell's inn. The brick gable end of the taller building proudly advertises the Globe Shoe Stores, which has long since departed from the town.

Lodge Hill View - geograph.org.uk - 433239

View Looking south from near the Trig Point.

George's Steps, Lodge Hill - geograph.org.uk - 811427

A dog climbing George's Steps, Lodge Hill. These were built to reduce erosion on this popular footpath, and are now dedicated to the memory of the late George Wilcox, a former member of the Shifnal Pathfinders group.

Lodge Hill, Evelith, Shifnal - geograph.org.uk - 69320

Lodge Hill, Evelith, Shifnal. This is the view of the hill from the road. Sunnyside (building) can just be seen towards the left of the picture. Note the square plantation on the hill towards the right of the picture.

Lodge Hill to The Wrekin - geograph.org.uk - 871616

Lodge Hill to The Wrekin. From the copse on the top of Lodge Hill, with the trig point hidden in the trees, you can see right over to The Wrekin about 6 or 7 miles away the other side of Telford.

Coalport China Museum - Coalport - Shropshire - geograph.org.uk - 1321470

Coalport China Museum - Coalport - Shropshire The former Coalport China Works is now the Coalport China Museum, one of the hanful of museums in the Ironbridge Gorge area.

Ironbridge - geograph.org.uk - 571000

Ironbridge Buildings on the north bank of the River Severn, as seen from the Iron bridge

Ironbridge and Church, Ironbridge, Telford - geograph.org.uk - 757825

Ironbridge and Church, Ironbridge, Telford The famous iron bridge at Ironbridge near Telford with a view up to the church

GPS Files

GPX File

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Memory Map Route

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