Walking across the Ironbridge

Stage: 8 Wilderhope to Ironbridge

There has been a minor landslip in Benthall Woods on National Trust land approaching Ironbridge from Benthall Edge. Please follow the diversion signs until the situation has stabilised.

A mile from Wilderhope the Shropshire Way joins the Jack Mytton Bridleway on Wenlock Edge. This is the site of an old quarry tramway along which the route continues for nearly 6 miles. To add variety you may wish to divert by heading to Pilgrim Cottage from Wilderhope and taking the footpath through Mogg Forest to Easthope village. (See download for more detail)

In late spring wild orchids are to be found on Wenlock Edge as you reach the quarry areas.

Much Wenlock is an interesting small town where the modern Olympic Games were started by William Penny Brookes. You will be walking through more history as you descend the slopes of the Severn Gorge into Ironbridge.

You are strongly advised to take an OS map and/or a GPS to walk the route. Please note the digital OS maps will show the new Main Route from January 2019.

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