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Ironbridge Gorge Walking Festival

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29 Apr 2017 – 7 May 2017

The 12th annual Ironbridge Gorge Walking Festival.

The 12th annual Ironbridge Gorge Walking Festival kicks off on 29 April, running through until 7 May, with 57 different guided walks, making it probably the biggest in the West Midlands and one of the best in the country.

And you don’t need to be the kind of walker who has a big rucksack, fancy walking poles and expensive boots to join in the fun; it’s open to people of all abilities. There are 32 ‘themed’ walks ranging from two to 10 miles, and 25 walks which are longer and for the more experienced walker. 

The ‘Themed’ Festival

These special interest outings are perfect if you’re a less experienced walker or are unable to take on longer walks. They cover many aspects of the Gorge, its history, geography, geology and nature. Some are timed to enable carers and parents with school aged children to participate. The walks are also ideal for anyone who has taken part in the ‘Walking for Health’ programme, and is now ready to take on more of a challenge.

The ‘Long’ Festival

These routes are geared up for the more serious walkers with the aim of providing a challenging but enjoyable day out. They range in length from 12 to 21 miles and mainly involve walking away from roads; some include steep ascents. If you join one of these walks you will need to carry enough food and water for the whole day.

The 2017 Festival will be marking the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust, with a special ‘50 years of the Ironbridge Museums’ walk on 7 May taking in nine of our Museums over five hours.

Ceilidh

To mark the end of the Festival programme there will be a fun social evening with a delicious hog roast (veggie option available) and Ceilidh at The Victoria Hall, Broseley on Saturday, 6 May starting at 7.30pm. Book tickets in advance, £12.50 each, at www.ticketsource.co.uk/date/330406; or, subject to availability, buy on the door at £15.

All walks are free, however pre-booking is essential as numbers are limited to a maximum of 20 people. Well behaved dogs on a lead are welcome on some walks, but please check before booking.

To reserve a place or request a copy of the full programme contact the Ironbridge Visitor Information Centre - tic@ironbridge.org.uk or call 01952 433 424 or visit the Festival website at www.ironbridgewalking.co.uk

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