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From Granville Country Park to Lilleshall Abbey and Monument (7 miles)

Note

This is not a difficult or steep route but it is longer than we usually do - approximately 7 miles.  Some sections are extremely muddy.  So, walking boots are recommended.

We will be taking a break at the abbey, so the walk should finish around 1pm.


The Walk

Granville Country park is a 60 acre (24 hectare) park on the fringe of Telford. It has lots of industrial history. Nowadays it has pleasant pools, countryside, woodland and wildlife. 

www.shropshirewildlifetrust.org.uk/Nature%20reserves/Explore%20our%20nature%20reserves/Granville%20Country%20Park 

Lilleshall Monument was erected in 1833 in memory of the Duke of Sutherland.  It affords spectacular views over the North West of Telford.

www.lilleshallresidents.co.uk/Monument.html

Lilleshall Abbey is a ruined medieval English Heritage site which is free to visit.

www.english-heritage.org.uk/daysout/properties/lilleshall-abbey

Route

From the car park we go over the Top Of the World, then follow the path along to Muxton Lane.  We turn off the lane along a public footpath that takes us to Lilleshall.  We ascend the hill and go over the monument, then go past the school and church.  Our route then takes us across country to the abbey.

After the abbey, we follow Lilyhurst Road, Lodge Lane and Granville Road behind the golf course, which takes us back to Granville Country Park.  After a diversion around the old canal area, we return to the car park.


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  • Paul R.

    Thanks for coming everyone, I really enjoyed the walk as well. It was a shame it was a slightly hazy day, the views from the monument are normally even better. However, it was nice weather otherwise and the company was nice. I particularly enjoyed meeting some new people, and it was good to see some familiar faces also!

    March 30, 2014

  • Lynda B.

    Thanks Paul really enjoyed the walk, well planned. Good company, glorious weather. See you soon.

    1 · March 30, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thanks Paul for a lovely walk, it was well planned and guided, also the weather was glorious, I really enjoyed it, can't wait for the next one!

    1 · March 29, 2014

  • lisa h.

    thanks for the walk today Paul. myself and my friend really enjoyed it...see you soon.

    1 · March 29, 2014

  • Melissa J.

    Lovely walk discovering new sights in the area. Great weather and company. See you all soon

    1 · March 29, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry paul not going to be able to make it enjoy your walk

    March 29, 2014

    • Paul R.

      Thanks for letting me know and for the text. I am running more walks in April and also Wednesday evening ones are starting soon - maybe see you on another walk.

      March 29, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry Paul, dodgy knee, was hoping it might get better but hasn't so far so will have to cancel, but hope to be able to come on a walk in the not too distant future, enjoy tomorrow, Chris

    March 28, 2014

    • Paul R.

      Thanks for letting me know Chris

      March 28, 2014

    • Paul R.

      Hope your knee is better soon also

      March 28, 2014

  • Paul R.

    The weather forecasts for tomorrow suggest it will be dry, which is great! It should be partly cloudy, with some sun, starting out at about 9 degrees C but working up towards 14-16 towards the end of the walk. I look forward to seeing everyone tomorrow and meeting our new members. Don't forget to wear walking boots (or other very strong and comfortable footwear), as this is a longer walk - we will be on our feet all morning and into early afternoon.

    If you have to cancel tomorrow or have any last minute problems then my number is 07791 460171.

    Paul (organiser)

    March 28, 2014

  • Ross L.

    Hi Paul, unfortunately I will have to miss tomorrows walk... it my daughters birthday and we are having a day out in London.

    March 28, 2014

    • Paul R.

      Thanks for letting me know Ross, enjoy your day!

      March 28, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi Paul, unfortunately I'll miss out on this week's walk as I'm away. Hopefully I'll be able to join you all next time.

    March 24, 2014

    • Paul R.

      Thanks for letting me know Catherine.

      March 27, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    also, what is this 'print ticket'?, do I need that?

    March 11, 2014

    • Paul R.

      No you don't need to print a ticket, Chris. Just turn up :).

      March 11, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Do I need proper walking boots - cos I'll have to buy some

    March 11, 2014

    • Paul R.

      Yes walking boots are recommended for this as its a fairly long walk (at least 7 miles). The last time I recce'd it, it was very muddy. I think you might struggle in trainers, and wellies would make your feet uncomfortable.

      March 11, 2014

    • Paul R.

      Some of the other walks are shorter and easier - if you can't manage to get hold of some walking boots then you should consider one of the shorter walks (there will be more running in April).

      March 11, 2014

  • Helen B.

    Hi Paul
    Can't do this one as I off to a wedding on the 29th. Hope you'll do the walk again later in the year as it sounds like a good 'un.

    1 · March 6, 2014

    • Paul R.

      I think it will be really nice Helen - the abbey is beautiful and the views from the abbey are nice. I will certainly be repeating walks, particularly if they are popular. Hope the ]wedding is nice :).

      March 6, 2014

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