2020 News

Shropshire Way Festival

We are contributing a walk to the Shropshire Way Festival on Monday 21st September.

Full details on the events page.

The full programme for the festival is here

Walk 3 on the programme also uses the T50 , others are in the Telford area.

New Record times

Congratulations to Dave Ufc Stevens who ran the T50 

on 26th July 2020 in a new record time of 8 hours 25 mins

raising money for Birmingham Children's Hospital

and to Phill Birkett who ran on 8th August in the anticlockwise direction in a new record time of 8 hours  24 minutes 30 seconds raising money for The REME charity

T50 heroes

On July 5th, Iris, 85, the oldest, Will, 8, the youngest, Matt, the fastest (11 hours 13 mins) on the clockwise route, and Chas, the walker to have walked the whole route the most often (6 times) were kindly photographed by Derek Houghton at the sign. There are more photos on our Facebook page.

The Relay Challenge  2020

We will now be running the challenge just once in 2020

  • Clockwise in July to October 

New for this year- an open class (minimum 4 runners) , the original is now called the handicap class and needs a minimum of 3 females and 3 runners aged 50+ (so a minimum of 6 runners).   See the relay challenge page

Circular Walks

Spurred on by the Covid 19  restrictions we have made progress on circular walks based on the trail, there is still more work to be done but you can see our progress here.

New File store for the GPX files and new mapping

Spurred on by developing the circular walks we have made a file share available so that all the GPX files are in one place and there is no need to visit the OS site to download them.

Also we are trying RunGo to give turn by turn directions for the circular walks. These can, and will be, customised. So far it seems to be very good, it has a facility to reverse the route, would have saved hours of work last year. 

Jim Cox

We are very sorry to announce that Jim Cox, one of the original group, died on Saturday March 7th after collapsing while acting as a marshall at an LDWA event the previous Saturday.  Jim was one of the team of 2 that surveyed, waymarked and described sections 6 and 7 of the route. His quiet contribution will be sadly missed. Our thoughts are with his family

Anne wins a national Ramblers award

We are pleased to announce that Anne Suffolk has been awarded a national Ramblers volunteer award for her work on the T50 , particularly on the guide book and also her other work for the Ramblers nationally. See https://www.ramblers.org.uk/…/rewarding-our…/innovation.aspx

Water on the trail

We were told that there would definitely be a water fountain near Telford Town Centre visitor centre by Easter. This is now on hold.There is a list of refill stations on or very near to the trail here 

Getting Telford Walking - Not now on May 24th 2020

 Following last years' successful event we were planning another in May. This has now been cancelled , or possibly postponed to the autumn. 

See the GTW page

Earlier items- still relevant

 Temporary Diversions  on Stages 1 and 5          

There may be diversions in Ironbridge from 30th September 2019,   possibly lasting as long as August 2020.   The effect on the route is relatively small and is on a part where we use the Severn Way. Diversions should be signposted by the contractors. 

Currently, February 2020, we are advising there is a diversion between Jackfield and Ironbridge. Going clockwise : Continue on the track past the level crossing gates, as in the route description, until you get to  the footpath closed sign. Go right up a short slope to a path that leads to the rail bridge, turn right onto this path and go straight on down past houses to Riverside Road, turn,  cross the road and cross over the Jackfield free bridge , then  turn left and walk uphill along the road to Ironbridge. When you get to Severn Way steps just past Valentino Row go down the steps on the left and follow the riverside footpath path past 'coracle shed' and continue to the Iron bridge. 

Or an alternative, slightly shorter,  but less scenic route:-

Don't cross the Jackfield  bridge. Turn left and walk uphill along the road to hairpin where you turn right into Ladywood (signed Ironbridge CP) and walk through Ironbridge car park to the Ironbridge.

 

Also, you need wellingtons to follow the route South of the Little

Dawley Pools currently (Jan 2020). You can take a  route slightly to

your Left  (going Clockwise )  to avoid this.   

Guide Book Launch & Walk- July 27th 2019

We have launched the new 84-page guidebook to the trail, written by Anne Suffolk.  As well as the route description, the guidebook includes details of the history and the ecology along the trail.  All this for just £5.00.  The book was launched by Cllr Carolyn Healy , Telford & Wrekin Council's Cabinet Member for Visitor Economy & The World Heritage Site, in the foyer of Southwater library at 10.30 am on July 27th.   To celebrate the launch, we held a rather wet  4-mile  circular walk, incorporating the start and end of the trail and Randlay Valley. The guide book is now available at the Town Park Visitor Centre , Half-Way House on the Wrekin, Seaton Sports, and Perry's Cycles in Wellington,  all the Ironbridge Museum Trust shops, Pengwern Books and the Museum Information Centre in  Shrewsbury or by post (plus £2 for postage & packing) here  or on Ebay  New: it is now in  Waterstones in Telford Town Centre 

Roll of Honour / Hall of Fame /Certificates

 If you have completed the trail, no matter how long it took you, and you would like to be listed on this page please contact us,  If you would like a certificate like the one pictured ,  please tell us  the date (or e.g. March- July 2019) , and anything special  like a charity you supported or your time.  We will email the certificate to you as a pdf. 

Flickr Group for the Trail

 There is now a Flickr Group with some great photos  https://www.flickr.com/groups/telfordt5050miletrail

Bus Services

There were significant changes to the Bus services in July 2018.  The  bus information on leaflets 1:2, 2, 4 and 5  is a bit out of date  but AFAIK the information here is correct.  We found the Arriva site confusing and the on-line planner doesn't seem to deal with the new  route 19 at all well. In September Wellington Walkers are Welcome showed that the whole trail could be walked in easy stages entirely by bus from Wellington. 

This site http://www.telfordpublictransport.co.uk/  seems to be up to date and accurate.

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