NOW in its ninth year and bigger than ever, the Ironbridge Gorge Walking Festival (May 3/11) offers a choice of more than 50 free walks in and around the Ironbridge Gorge World Heritage Site, where the 18th century’s Industrial Revolution began.
From challenging all day hikes for the more experienced walker to family-friendly trails and short informative walks, this year’s festival has something to whet the appetite of all ages and abilities. With the newly-acquired Walkers are Welcome status, a warm welcome is guaranteed in the town.
As well as almost 20 new walks, this year’s festival will be introducing the 100 Mile Ironbridge Challenge. Those taking part must finish seven specified walks on seven different days with the combined mileage exceeding 100 miles. Walkers completing the challenge will get a certificate and a woven badge for their rucksack.
All walks are free, but pre-booking is essential; well-behaved dogs on a lead are welcome on most walks, but check before booking. To reserve a place or request a copy of the programme, contact the Ironbridge Visitor Information Centre by e-mail at email@example.com or call 01952 433424. Details can also be found at www.visitironbridge.co.uk/walkingfestival.
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