This walk begins at the Coalbrookdale Loamhole, a particularly attractive area with a fantastic aqueduct, pool and woodlands. The group walked there in November 2013, and everyone enjoyed the scenery. We'll also be appreciating some countryside, the River Severn, and the pretty Dale End Park.
Parts of this walk will be hilly and very muddy. You are advised to wear walking boots. Also, you should either wear gaiters/overtrousers, or be prepared to put your trousers in the wash afterwards!
This walk is be unsuitable for dogs as it crosses farmland and we have to go over stiles.
Please also note that this is longer than our usual walks and so I've made the start time a little earlier. The end time is only approximate.
Buildwas Lane is a steep down gradient with lots of mud and rocks. If we take it slowly and wear good footwear, we should be ok.
From the community centre we walk around the pool and go under the aqueduct, then follow the path along the Loamhole Brook. At the top of the steps we turn right and continue to follow the brook until we hit the right of way across the fields past Leasowes Farm. We follow Coalbrookdale Road over the bridge across the A4169, then we turn off to the left and follow a public footpath across fields which takes us to Buildwas Lane.
We follow the pedestrian-only Buildwas lane down the hill, and eventually we hit the B4380 at Buildwas. We take Buildwas Road towards Ironbridge, and then follow the Severn Way past Albert Edward Bridge.
The Severn Way is impassable* around the power station, so at this point we will rejoin Buildwas Road.
Our route takes us near to Cherry's Real Food Cafe (www.cherrysrealfood.co.uk), so we may decide to pop in for a coffee or a bite to eat; however this is subject to unanimous agreement.
We pass Dale End Park, then follow the pavement along Dale End/Dale Road/Wellington Road, which takes us back to the community centre.