A new 50 mile circular walking route through and around Telford and Britain’s newest long distance footpath has been opened as part of the town’s Telford 50 celebrations.
The route has been funded by a £1,700 grant from the Telford 50 Legacy Fund and £600 from the EnviroGrant scheme run by the Council’s waste contractor Veolia.
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, Visit the Telford T50 50 trail website to download route maps, the website also 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 Telford T50 50 Mile Trail which is entirely within Telford and Wrekin join routes such as the Pennine Way, West Highland Way and Coast to Coast as one of the country’s long distance trails.
With the wide range of accommodation in Telford, it is expected that many people will come to walk the whole route, making Telford a destinations for walkers.