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New 50 mile walking trail route for Telford 50

By Discover Telford, 15 June 2018, 13:41PM

A new 50 mile circular walking route through and around Telford and Britain’s newest long distance footpath opens this weekend as part of the town’s Telford 50 celebrations.

The Telford T50 50-Mile Trail has been created by a group of volunteers and connects existing footpaths and rights of way taking in many of the borough’s green open spaces.

The continuous route which can be joined and left almost anywhere, takes in Telford town centre, Madeley, Little Dawley, Woodside, Ironbridge, Little Wenlock, Wellington, Horsehay, Ketley, Oakengates, Muxton and Lilleshall.

With a notional “starting point” with route signage next to Telford Town Park’s visitor centre, the route’s website www.telfordt5050miletrail.org.uk has downloadable route maps, information and breaks the trail into seven bite-sized four to ten miles stages. High points include the 1,335ft tall Wrekin hill and the Lilleshall Monument, as well as local nature reserves such as Dothill, the Beeches and Lodge Hill.

For those who simply want to follow the trail, volunteers have put up 700 Telford 50 Trail signs marking the 50 mile route clockwise around the borough.

The route has been funded by a £1,700 grant from the Council’s Telford 50 Legacy Fund and £600 from the EnviroGrant scheme run by the Council’s waste contractor Veolia.