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The Woodbridge Inn and Ironbridge Circular Walk

EASY 5 reviews

The Woodbridge Inn and Ironbridge Circular Walk is a 4.7 mile loop trail located near Telford, Shropshire, England that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, trail running, and bird watching.

Distance: 4.7 miles Elevation Gain: 426 feet Route Type: Loop

kid friendly



bird watching




wild flowers


historic site

pub walk

A circular pub walk from the Woodbridge Inn in Coalport, Shropshire. The Woodbridge Inn is situated on the banks of the River Severn with a raised outside terrace and a sunny garden room both giving great views across the river. The walking route follows an old railway line through the supposed birthplace of the Industrial Revolution all the way to Ironbridge, crossing the famous Iron Bridge which dates from 1779. The return leg follows the gorge lane back through Coalport and then joins a section of the Silkin Way path for the final stretch. There are opportunities to visit some of the popular visitor attractions within the Ironbridge Gorge, including the Coalport China Museum, the Jackfield Tile Museum and the Iron Bridge Toll House. The walking route is relatively flat, with just a couple of short (but fairly steep) slopes. There are no stiles, just a couple of gates and a short flight of steps. The paths are a mixture of tarmac pavements, quiet lanes and a stone/gravel old railway line. The area is surrounded by woodland so leaf drop can make the paths a little muddy in winter but the mud is never deep. The return leg follows a long stretch of a narrow pavement alongside a fairly busy road. At a couple of points the narrow pavement disappears completely to accommodate properties which sit directly on the road, so take care of traffic here. If you would rather avoid the long stretch of pavement walking, you can simply retrace your steps from the outward leg instead. Approximate time 2 to 2.5 hours, plus extra time to visit any attractions.

Easy walk mostly flat but not much to see, there are a few nice looking pubs along the way but I sadly picked the wrong one, The Black Swan Inn (very unwelcoming)

Took the dog and three kids under 8 (3yr old in a carrier). Easy route, not too muddy

Public footpath close to the Iron Bridge trail. Woodland route, good for kids to go off track to explore.

Sat Mar 10 2018

Lovely walk. Food at the pub is delightful. There are a few alternatives that mean you don�t need to walk on the road on the way back.

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