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A little mountain with many secrets

tooltipDiscovering Britain walk

Discover The Wrekin in Shropshire

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Did you know that the area round The Wrekin has the most diverse geology to be found on Earth?

This walk takes you on a journey through millions of years to discover different types of rocks and special geological features. These rocks and their various qualities have been of interest to humans for centuries.

They have been quarried and mined, smelted to make metal, burned to generate electricity, crushed and spread on fields, carved and turned into paving stones.

But this walk is about much more than geology. Climb a little mountain that was created by an angry giant. Follow in the footsteps of Bronze Age people to their sacred sites. See a Roman Road alongside the ‘world’s worst-built motorway’.

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Discover how old rocks were used to build a New Town. And find out why a forest has bent trees and straight trees side by side. 

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Walk Info

Distance:

8 miles

Level:
The walk includes the summit of The Wrekin; parts of the ascent and descent are very steep

tooltipThe walk includes the summit of The Wrekin; parts of the ascent and descent are very steep

Suitable for:
Dogs who enjoy a challenging walk will enjoy the mountain and the woods

tooltipDogs who enjoy a challenging walk will enjoy the mountain and the woods

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Region:
West Midlands
Setting:
Countryside
Landscape:
Shaping the landscape Preserving the landscape Exploiting the landscape Prehistoric landscapes
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Start:
Ercall Wood Nature Reserve car park
Finish:
Ercall Wood Nature Reserve car park
Getting there:

tooltipEasily accessible from the M54 (Junction 6 or 7); free car park at Ercall Wood Local Nature Reserve

tooltipNearest station Wellington (1 mile); served by trains from Birmingham, Wolverhampton, Chester, Shrewsbury

tooltipService by local buses running between Telford and Shrewsbury; alight on Holyhead Road at the stop for Christine Avenue

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Wrekin

The Wrekin
© Paul Beaman, Geograph

Wrekin

Quarry hidden in the forest
© Scenesetters (www.scenesetters.co.uk)

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Route map

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Walk kit

Choose between an audio or written guide: download and enjoy!

Downloads

Written guide
A flat route mostly on urban streets

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Audio guide
A flat route mostly on urban streets

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Extras
A flat route mostly on urban streets

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Photo Gallery

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Comments

Find out what other people said about this walk

The Wrekin walk was very enjoyable. On a warm 22 degree C day I was sweating as soon as I started the climb but it was nice to get refreshed half way up at the Halfway House and many of the locals were please to hear a not-so-local Halifax accent as I had come down for a day of walking. I reached the summit in under an hour but in terms of distance this is only 30% of the walk I imagine, so bear this in mind when rationing food and fluids. The descent is quite steep and due to the time of year once in the valley bottom the tree canopy limited the views but didn’t spoil a truly great day out!

Chris Speight, Yorkshire

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Links

Find out more about the walk story and places of interest along the route

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All Friends Round The Wrekin

Website of locals campaigning to keep The Wrekin wild

http://www.wrekinfriends.com/

Chris's British Road Directory

History and facts about the M54 motorway

http://www.cbrd.co.uk/motorway/m54

E-On UK

Information about Ironbridge Power Station including its potential future conversion from coal to biofuels

http://www.eon-uk.com/generation/ironbridge.aspx

Fern Ticket to the Magic Forest of The Wrekin

by George Evans

Wellington Civic Society

Mysterious Britain and Ireland

Read the story of the origin of The Wrekin

http://www.mysteriousbritain.co.uk/england/shropshire/folklore/the-origin-of-the-wrekin.html

Secret Shropshire

Website with over 10,000 images which allows you to explore the county's local history, natural environment and archaeological treasures

http://www.secretshropshire.org.uk/

Shropshire Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

Find out about the special characteristics of the AONB

http://www.shropshirehillsaonb.co.uk/

Surface Mining

Find out how locals in Little Wenlock’s feel about the nearby open cast coal mine

http://www.littlewenlock.org/surface-mining/index.html

Wellington and The Wrekin Forest Walks

Leaflet produced by Wellington Town Council

discoveringbritain/more info documents/Wrekin Wellington and The Wrekin Forest Walks leaflet.pdf

Woods around The Ercall

Leaflet from the Shropshire Wildlife Trust

discoveringbritain/more info documents/Wrekin Woods around The Ercall leaflet.pdf

Wrekin Golf Club

History of the early years of the club

discoveringbritain/more info documents/Wrekin Golf Club The Early Years.pdf

The Wrekin Hillfort

Leaflet about the prehistoric hillfort with illustrations of how it may have looked

discoveringbritain/more info documents/Wrekin Hillfort leaflet.pdf

The Wrekin Transmitter

Information about the history of the station and the radio and television signals that it transmits

http://www.thebigtower.com/live/TheWrekin/Index.htm

Recommended place to stay - YHA

Ironbridge Coalbrookdale

http://www.yha.org.uk/hostel/ironbridge-coalbrookdale

Around the Wrekin – From ashes to ice: the making of Shropshire's favourite hill

Shropshire Geological Society Geotrail

Order from andrew@scenesetters.co.uk

The Discovering Wellington Project

A scheme highlighting the heritage attractions around the market town of Wellington

http://www.wellingtonla21.org.uk/

Explore Wellington and The Wrekin Forest

A website with plenty of useful information for visitors

http://www.explore-wellington.webeden.co.uk/

Mine Explorer

Images of the remains of Steeraway Limestone Quarry

http://www.mine-explorer.co.uk/mines/Steeraway_1791/Steeraway.asp

National Trust

Visitor information about Sunnycroft, the Edwardian villa in Wellington

http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/sunnycroft/

Raby Sawmill

Find out about the company whose plantations on The Wrekin provide sustainable wood

http://www.rabysawmill.co.uk/

Shropshire Geology

Details of the top 20 geological and geomorphological sites in Shropshire including Wrekin and The Ercall

http://www.shropshiregeology.org.uk/shropgeol/wrekin/wrekinmain.html

Shropshire Wildlife Trust

Information about The Ercall nature reserve

http://www.shropshirewildlifetrust.org.uk/Nature+reserves/Explore+our+nature+reserves/The+Ercall

The Wild Wrekin Trail

by Marc Petty

Wellington Local Agenda 21 Group

The Wrekin Forest

Shropshire Wildlife Trust’s Landscape Conservation Management Plan for 2008 to 2013

discoveringbritain/more info documents/Wrekin Forest Landscape Conservation Management Plan 2008-2013.pdf

The Wrekin Hill

by Allan Frost

The History Press Ltd (2007)

Wrekin open cast mining plan approved

News item from the Shropshire Star (07 October 2009)

http://www.shropshirestar.com/latest/2009/10/07/mining-plans-get-minister-go-ahead/#ixzz1rNVaxciR

Wrekin Wraiths, Rebels and Romans

by Allan Frost

Wrekin Books (2006)

Credits

The RGS-IBG would like to thank the following people and organisations for their assistance in producing this Discovering Britain walk

 

George Evans and Paul Evans for creating and narrating the walk

 

Jenny Lunn for editing the walk materials and providing photographs

 

Caroline Millar for editing the audio commentary

 

Andrew Jenkinson from Scenesetters (www.scenesetters.co.uk) for helpful comments on the script and for providing photographs

 

Allan Frost for kind permission to reproduce archive images from his collection

 

Jonathan Webb from Webb Aviation (www.webbaviation.co.uk) for his aerial image of The Wrekin

 

 

An attractive full-colour version of the walk booklet is available to purchase from the Shropshire Wildlife Trust Visitor Centre located at 193 Abbey Foregate, Shrewsbury, SY2 6AH

 

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