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Wrekin Hard Ramble

Sat 21 Apr 2018
Golf Links Lane, Wellington # TF1 2DT
10.30am for 10.45 am start
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Many people see the Wrekin from the M54 as they head off to the wet hills of North Wales and dismiss it as it stands alone, yet it offers exceptional views from the top and is a fine days outing. This circular walk is about 9 miles with Trevor Hyde has about 550m of climbing, it is demanding and not suitable for beginners or the unfit.

Leaving the cars, we head under the M54 and over Maddocks Hill then cut across open woodland and commence the gruelling climb up onto the top of the Wrekin, entering through Hell Gate. This is an ancient iron-age hill fort and a popular summit; you may be able to see small children throwing bread at the parascenders. Several other iron-age forts are clearly visible from here, weather permitting. We leave the crowds and follow the ridge line the whole way and take the steep descent through Heaven Gate before joining a minor road into Little Wenlock where we will stop at the excellent Huntsman Inn to make sure the beer is still up to scratch. (They also do coffee.)

The route back takes us through Huntingdon, Limekiln Woods and the tiny hamlet of Steeraway, an area that has changed dramatically since the quarries were filled in and reclaimed. We should return by about 4pm all being well and then head to the Wicket Inn to recover. Note: this walk will be modified if there is a risk of ice underfoot.

Park: please park just before Ercol School on Golf Links Lane

Contact: Trevor 07794 310022

 

Toilets: Limited, best to go at services on M54 by Telford. The Wicket Inn should be open at the bottom of Golf Links Lane and then left about 200yds. Toilet stop 2/3rds way round at Little Wenlock.

 

The route. Many people see the Wrekin from the M54 as they head off to the wet hills of North Wales and dismiss it as it stands alone, yet it offers exceptional views from the top and is a fine days outing. This circular walk is about 9 miles with about 550m of climbing, it is demanding and not suitable for beginners or the unfit.

Leaving the cars, we head under the M54 and over Maddocks Hill then cut across open woodland and commence the gruelling climb up onto the top of the Wrekin, entering through Hell Gate. This is an ancient iron-age hill fort and a popular summit; you may be able to see small children throwing bread at the parascenders. Several other iron-age forts are clearly visible from here, weather permitting. We leave the crowds and follow the ridge line the whole way and take the steep descent through Heaven Gate before joining a minor road into Little Wenlock where we will stop at the excellent Huntsman Inn to make sure the beer is still up to scratch. (They also do coffee.)

The route back takes us through Huntingdon, Limekiln Woods and the tiny hamlet of Steeraway, an area that has changed dramatically since the quarries were filled in and reclaimed. We should return by about 4pm all being well and then head to the Wicket Inn to recover.

 

Note: this walk will be modified if there is a risk of ice underfoot.

 

Equipment.

You are advised that a waterproof coat with a hood will be required, both as a wind stop and if it rains. Good boots are essential and a walking pole will be of great benefit on the steep descent off the Wrekin. A hearty breakfast is also recommended, none of your low fat yoghurt and skinny latte, as this is a demanding outing. Please bring a packed lun

 

 

DIRECTIONS:

 

From Birmingham: Approach on M54, leave at Jctn 6 on A5223 north (3rd exit on roundabout) heading for Wellington. Go straight across next roundabout that serves the supermarkets. After 400m take 1st exit at next big roundabout onto B5061. Straight on at all traffic lights, past the Cock Inn, look out for National Trust Sunnycroft House brown signed on right after 1.9km; take next left on Golf Links Lane and park on lane before you get to Ercol School. This is just by a red post box and brown signed for Wrekin Golf Club. (If you get to the Wicket Inn you have just missed the turning!)

 

Note you can get to this from jcn 7 of M54 as well. Just follow signs towards Wellington and National Trust Sunnycroft House.

 

MAP - Please click on link below and print yourselves a copy. (There is a 'zoom' button at the top left of the map should you require)

http://www.multimap.com/map/browse.cgi?pc=TF12DT

 

 

 

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