Telford T50 50 Mile Trail

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The Telford T50 50 MileTrail was opened by Ramblers Chair and Vice President Kate Ashbrook Saturday 16 June 2018. It celebrates Telford's 50th birthday with a new Long Distance Path of 50 miles. Indivdual walk stages explore some of the most beautiful, fascinating and historic places in the UK. Telford is the birthplace of the industrial revolution and the World Heritage Site of Ironbridge, in the spectacular setting of Severn Gorge, is a trail highlight. The trail visits 14 Local Nature Reserves and 5SSSIs.

A comprehensive guidebook to the whole trail, with a foreword by Ramblers Chair GB Kate Ashbrook, is available for only £5, plus £2 postage and packing. The book was written by TES Group Chair, Anne Suffolk. It contains clear easy to follow directions, descriptions of the wildlife, history and heritage to be found on the trail, public transport and facilities on the route. Free detailed walk descriptions for the entire trail, maps, gpx files, transport links, photos and more, are all downloadable from the T50 Trail website, from which you can also order the book. The new Telford T50 50 Mile Trail links together Telford's wonderful open green spaces, into one circular walking route divided into stages that can be walked in half days or full day walks.                                             

The Trail starts at its own signboard in Telford Town Park, adjacent to the Information Centre, just behind the ruins of the old Norman Chapel

The Telford T50 50 Mile Trail 

  • has start points adjacent to where most people live and close to local bus stops
  • has a comprehensive, easy to carry, guidebook
  • has its own website with gpx files, route descriptions for all stages of the trail, route descriptions for short cicular walks, places of interest, bus links, pubs and cafes
  • joins with the Silkin Way, Hutchison Way, Ironbridge Way, South Telford HeritageTrail, Ironbridge Way, Shropshire Way and other major local footpaths
  • enables everyone to walk with confidence for leisure and pleasure, shopping, work, to the Town Centre and Town Park, local centres, nature reserves, country parks, museums, the World Heritage Site(s) and summit the iconic The Wrekin 
  • is in short sections and stages; choose a morning, a day or a long weekend walk

Research shows people begin to walk regularly when they can easily access known green spaces close to home. The T50 50 will  leave a lasting legacy to benefit our community. A consortuim of Telford and East Shropshire Ramblers, Wellington Walkers are Welcome and Ironbridge Walking Festival, Telford Harriers and Marches LDWA has developed the route.

We are grateful for funding from Telford & Wrekin Council and the EnviroGrant fund, run by Veolia in partnership with Telford & Wrekin Council, as part of the Pride in Our Community programme. 

The pictures below left shows our Ramblers Group Chair Anne Suffolk and Dag Saunders Chair of Friends of Telford T50 50 mile Trail with the Leader of Telford Council receiving a cheque to pay for waymarking from the Veolia EnriroGrant Fund, the start of the mass walk to launch the trail and the free certificate for anyone who completes the whole route.