We are very grateful to our sponsors. EnviroGrant run by Veolia working in partnership with Telford and Wrekin Council's Pride in Our Community Programme, paid for the Trail to be waymarked. The Telford T50 Legacy Fund enabled the Trail to be supported with an Information Board in The Town Park and with other resources including this website
The original team was: de facto chair Dag Saunders; de facto secretary and treasurer Naomi Wrighton; de facto publication secretary Anne Suffolk; Eve Clevenger; Jim Cox; Paula Doherty; and Pam Hill.
We formed the Friends of the Telford T50 50 Mile Trail in 2019 with the above team, minus Eve, but with both Chas Kay as treasurer and Jean Escott added to the committee.
Jim sadly died in 2020. At the 2020 AGM Jean resigned, but Paul Kalinauckas and Malcolm Skelton joined the committee.
At the 2021 AGM Paula resigned.
ABOUT US The T50 50 Mile Trail consortium
About the original team
The Telford T50 50 Mile Trail is a 50 mile circular route around Telford created to celebrate Telford's 50th anniversary. This new green trail has been developed by a consortium containing members of Ironbridge Gorge Walking Festival , Marches Long Distance Walking Association, Telford and East Shropshire Ramblers, Telford Harriers, Walking for Health- Telford and Wrekin and Wellington Walkers are Welcome.
Why a new trail?
We believe that what was so special about the building of Telford New Town was the development plan ensured that a green network of hedgerows, canals, meadows, and other open spaces were retained, together with old heritage sites such as ruined blast furnaces. It also allowed for old industrial sites and slag heaps to be reclaimed by wild nature. This was so that wildlife and people could live together in close harmony and part of the nation's historic industrial heritage could be preserved for future generations. It was a vision and achievement that won international recognition, pioneering the way forward for others to follow in Telford's footsteps; we feel this important legacy should be especially celebrated on the Town's 50th anniversary.
Linking communities and green spaces
It is possible to use this green network of footpaths to walk from one part of Telford to all others. These beautiful open spaces have long been known to local walkers and walking Groups but this is a precious resource that belongs to everyone to enjoy. The route passes through most of the significant open spaces in Telford. Starting and finishing in the Telford Town Park , it is bounded by Coalport in the South, The Wrekin in the West, and Lilleshall Hill in the North and East.
You can read, download and print a leaflet about the T50 50 Mile Trail here.