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New 50 mile walking trail route for Telford 50

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 popular 50 mile walking trail around Telford and Wrekin now takes a step in a new direction.

Originally, the route was only marked clockwise but volunteers have been busy posting the distinctive pink Telford 50 circular route markers in a new anti-clockwise direction and Newport’s Hutchison Way has added and an extra spur.

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.

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.

Trail spokesperson Anne Suffolk hinted at more exciting developments planned for 2019.

She said: “One of our aims for the trail was to promote tourism and support local food, drink and accommodation outlets.

“We’ll soon be publishing a guide book with historical and wildlife highlights as well as fresh route descriptions. We’re hoping that local businesses will support us to keep costs as low possible.

“We’re also looking to recruit trail champions to help us keep track of any missing or damaged way markers and problems like litter or overgrown vegetation.”

Far exceeding the founders’ expectations, the trail has helped hundreds of people discover the borough’s countryside and is well used by runners and during March, teams joining the T50 Relay Challenge