Water on the trail

We have been told that there will definitely be a water fountain near Telford Town Centre visitor centre by Easter.  There is a list of refill stations on or very near to the trail here 

 Temporary Diversions  on Stages 1, 2 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. 

There are also  (late November) Telford and Wrekin  diversions at the Wharfage and in Horsehay. Both are minor and signed.  

The initial diversion taking the route North of the river from Jackfield

has now been lifted.

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.   

   8-year old runs the trail in stages

The son of our first solo completer has now run the trail in stages.

William Ashton (and his dad)  did it in 7 stages over 13 days. His total running time was 10 hours 43 minutes. Well done.

There are more photos on our Facebook page.

Getting Telford Walking - May 24th 2020

 Following last years' successful event we are planning another on May 24th. 

See the GTW page

Guide Book Launch & Walk- July 27th

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, Perry's Cycles and Sunnycroft 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 and Beatons Bookshop and Tearooms in Wellington. 

Michael McCarroll, Duane Roberts and Brian Taylor completed the trail on September 15th 2019,  running anticlockwise, in 10 hours and 54 minutes.  Well done.. As far as we know they is the first to do this. and this is the fastest all in one go time.  See the Hall of Fame.

 First solo runners complete the trail in the Anticlockwise direction

in a new fastest time 

                         

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. 

1st Lilleshall and Muxton Scouts

Our chair presented certificates to some of the Ist Lilleshall and Muxton Scouts who did a special 40 mile version of the trail last weekend. 5 people did the whole route with support of others for parts of it. There were 50 beavers, cubs & scouts who took part altogether along with parents (and two dogs). Each did as much as they were able. So, these photos show only a small selection. Well done all.

Matthew Ashton completed the trail on June 15th 2019,  running clockwise, in 11 hours and 13 minutes.  Well done Matthew.   As far as we know he is the first to do this. So far no one, again as far as we know, has yet run, or walked, anti clockwise in one go. See the Hall of Fame.

Update:  See above.

                                      First solo runner completes the trail                

                                

                                        Inaugural Meeting of the                      

                                Friends of the Telford T50 50 Mile Trail

The  original group  decided we needed to form an association.  We adopted the constitution below and formed a committee on . Tuesday April 16th  in Wellington Library. We were delighted to welcome 2 new committee members.

There is a sign up form to join as a Friend (no charge)  here.

Getting Telford Walking - May 19th

  We think this went quite well . In general the linear walks were more  successful than the circulars. The exception was the Shawbich circular which attracted 25 walkers.  There are photos on the  GTW page We are going to run a similar event on May 24th, 2020,  Feedback welcome. 

Is the Trail a cycle route?

We have been asked  this several times and the answer is no. It is possible to approximate the trail and here is an unofficial route that does this. Most is on bridleways, cycle paths and roads. There are short sections that are more dubious. Amazingly it is very close to 50 miles. All the places where the trail is left and joined are given as waypoints.   This route has been  tweaked a bit since first publication, after it was followed by two recreational riders on hybrids. They had to walk in places, but younger fitter riders may not need to. 

 https://osmaps.ordnancesurvey.co.uk/route/3031903/NotTheTelfordT5050MileTrailCycleRoute

Flickr Group for the Trail

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

The Trail is now marked and mapped  in both directions

January 2019: Work has been going on for some time to way mark the trail in the anti-clockwise direction. This has now been finished apart from a few individual places (Paddock Mound, Apley Woods, Little Dawley, Oakengates) where a short post or a finger post is needed. Update February 2019  - the ,gpx files can be downloaded from  links from here .

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.

Slight Amendment to Stage 7 description

The clock tower in Priorsleee was, for atime.  only the site of the clock tower. It has now, December 2019, been rebuilt.  Please see here .

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