Wellington, New Works and Wrekin Forest

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Wellington, New Works and Wrekin Forest is a 10.9 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, walking, running, and bird watching.

Distance: 10.9 km Elevation Gain: 364 m Route Type: Loop

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A circular walk connecting the historic market town of Wellington to the Wrekin Forest, part of the Shropshire Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The journey begins in the centre of Wellington and passes through the ancient Short Wood before reaching the village of New Works, which began life as a squatters' settlement during the Industrial Revolution. The scars of heavy industry, both old and new, are all too apparent across this landscape but time and nature have softened many of the harder edges. That process can be viewed first hand as the trail passes the quarries of Maddocks Hill and The Ercall on its return to Wellington through the Limekiln Wood Local Nature Reserve. ACCESS: The route comprises mostly gentle gradients but includes a short steep climb in section five and a steady climb through Limekiln Wood in section seven. The total ascent of the entire walk is 328 metres. Most of the paths within the Wrekin Forest woodlands are unsurfaced and can become seasonally boggy and wet in places. On many of these local byways, walkers share access with horse riders and mountain bikers. In section five, between Limekiln Wood and New Works, the trail passes through open farmland where you may encounter cattle and livestock. You will need to negotiate five stiles (these are of variable quality and do not all have gaps for dogs), kissing gates and flights of steps. The woodlands of the Wrekin Forest contain many well-concealed bell pits and old mine workings. Consequently, walkers are encouraged not to stray too far from the footpath, especially in Short Wood and Limekiln Wood. Allow 3.5 hours. FACILITIES: Tourist information, a cafe and public toilets (which can only be accessed during booking office opening hours) are available at Wellington rail station. Pay toilets are located at the adjacent bus station on The Parade, while free facilities are available at Wellington Civic Centre in Larkin Way. Many cafes and restaurants can be found across Wellington town centre.

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