Wellington and The Wrekin

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Wellington and The Wrekin is a 11.9 kilometer loop trail located near Telford, Shropshire, England that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and bird watching.

Distance: 11.9 km Elevation Gain: 516 m Route Type: Loop

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forest

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wild flowers

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historic site

A circular walk connecting the historic east Shropshire market town of Wellington to The Wrekin, one of the Midlands most famous natural landmarks. The journey begins in the centre of medieval Wellington and explores The Ercall (the most northerly of the five hills of the Wrekin range) before following the main track to the summit of its iconic 1334-foot sibling. The trail leaves Wellington following the orange-coloured Buzzard signs indicating the new main route of the long-distance Shropshire Way footpath, which continues all the way to the summit of The Wrekin. Returning, the route detours through the town's Bowring Park and historic Market Square before arriving back at the railway station. ACCESS: The trail includes several climbs and descents throughout, most notably around The Ercall and The Wrekin itself and the total ascent is 681 metres. The unmade woodland paths can become seasonally boggy and wet in places. In many areas, walkers also share access with horse riders and cyclists. The trail is free from cattle and livestock, but involves sharing the road with traffic in Ercall Lane, Golf Links Lane and on the Wrekin Course. There is just one stile, at the southern entrance of the footpath around the Ercall Reservoirs. It contains a fence gap suitable for small to medium sized dogs, while larger dogs will need to climb over. There are staggered railings near the end of the footpath connecting Ercall Lane and Hampton Hill, and a small footbridge (suitable for single file passage) just past the entrance to the footpath into Ercall Woods from Golf Links Lane. Allow 4 hours. ADVICE: The heathland atop The Wrekin is a precious landscape that can be easily damaged. Please do not trample on the heather and bilberry and keep dogs on their leads during spring and early summer, when many ground-nesting birds are present. Similarly, the hillfort is a Scheduled Ancient Monument (SAM) and visitors are encouraged not to walk on its ramparts. FACILITIES: The walk starts at Wellington rail station, where tourist information and maps of footpaths in the wider area are available. A cafe is situated on Platform Two and public toilets can be accessed with a key during booking office opening hours. Pay toilets are also located at the adjacent bus station, while free facilities can be found at Wellington Civic Centre in Larkin Way. The route also passes the Red Lion pub on Holyhead Road, while Wellington town centre is home to many catering establishments. A new visitor facility at the Halfway House on The Wrekin opened in the summer of 2018. Its opening hours are variable but can be checked week-to-week online by visiting: www.halfwayhouseonthewrekin.com

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