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The Ironbridge Gorge

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The Ironbridge Gorge in Shropshire is an extraordinary place where nature and history have combined to produce a landscape of great beauty.

The Ironbridge Gorge in Shropshire is an extraordinary place where nature and history have combined to produce a landscape of great beauty. After the Ice Age, the River Severn carved out the gorge, which revealed the iron, coal and clay seams that provided the raw materials for the Industrial Revolution. The area was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1986.

Most walks start directly from our hotel and take us along lanes, dismantled railway lines and canal tow-paths as well as countryside footpaths and bridleways through farmland and valleys. The gorge is surrounded by woodland, conserved by the Severn Valley Countryside Trust.

Walks will include sections of long distance trails such as the Shropshire Way, The Severn Way and The Coalbrookdale Trail. We will also venture further afield to Buildwas Abbey and Much Wenlock with its Priory.

We include a Passport Ticket to all of the Ironbridge Museums. We'll allow for some free time to explore more. Darby’s blast furnace in Coalbrookdale, Coalport China Museum, Jackfield Tiles, the inclined plane system at Blists Hill to move barges between levels without locks and of course the Bridge itself, built by the ironmasters in 1780 as the first iron bridge in the world, are among the highlights. You'll also gain an insight into the lives of the industrialists, engineers and workers who made this such an iconic place.

Holiday Highlights

  • Walk the Coalbrookdale Trail and enjoy its industrial heritage.
  • Ascend the hills to Broseley with its ironmakers' houses. 
  • Enjoy the views of the River Severn in the magnificent gorge. 
  • Discover the backstreets of Ironbridge town.
  • Step the Shropshire Way to Much Wenlock.
The holiday inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What's included in this holiday Items that are covered in the cost of holiday price.

      Half board en suite accommodation
      Annual Passport Ticket to the Ironbridge Gorge Museums – valid for 12 months
      All transport necessary to and from the walks
Whats not included in this holiday Items that are not covered in the cost of holiday price.

  • Entrance fees to some museums and historic buildings (unless otherwise specified)
  • Personal expenses (such as your bar bill)
  • Discretionary tips
  • Optional excursions
  • Insurance
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Please see Holiday Information Sheet for this holidays individual departures itinerary (located under View Departures & Book tab)

Whilst every effort will be made to adhere to the outlined itinerary and advertised programme, local conditions can change due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances. This may mean that routes and timings need to be amended or the order of days may change, sometimes at short notice.

This departure: Grade 4/SS

  1. Day 1

    Independent arrival at The Valley Hotel from 2pm. Meet your tour leader in the hotel at approximately 6.30pm for a briefing before dinner. All evening meals are taken in the hotel restaurant. 

  2. Day 2

    Five walking days and visits to most of the Ironbridge Museums (an annual Passport Ticket for entrance to the Ironbridge museums will be given to you by your leader). 

    A varied walk starting through the back streets and alleys of Ironbridge then the woodland of Lloyds Coppice and Blists Hill. Down to the canal junction at Coalport, visiting the China Museum and Tar Tunnel, then back along the River Severn. About 7 miles, 200m ascent/descent. 

  3. Day 3

    Some sightseeing in the morning as we walk up the Sabbath Walk route to Coalbrookdale. Reaching the village via the mill stream, we'll stop to admire the well preserved houses of rich and poor and admire the blast furnace where Abraham Darby smelted iron using coke. Then on into the hills towards Little Wenlock, down to Buildwas Road and back along the Severn Way. About 7.5 miles, 220m ascent/descent. 

  4. Day 4

    From the Iron Bridge, we walk past the former lime quarries and kilns of Benthall Edge Wood and then ascend on the Shropshire Way to Wyke and the former medieval village of Arlescot. Our lunch stop will be at the National Trust property Benthall Hall. Then back via Broseley Wood, the pipe museum and the narrow alleys known as jitties. About 8 miles, 270m ascent/descent. 

  5. Day 5

    We’ll take a bus to Much Wenlock, site of St Milburga’s Priory, with time to look around. Our walk then ascends Wenlock Edge and descends through woods, fields and along Sheinton Brook to meet the River Severn near Buildwas Abbey and return. About 8.5 miles, 180m ascent/descent. 

  6. Day 6

    A circular walk from Jackfield, the site of the former tile industry. We will walk east through woodland along the former railway line, now the Severn Way, sometimes close to the river, then ascend through farmland to Broseley, former ironmakers’ and pipemakers’ town. About 9.5 miles, 200m ascent/descent. 

  7. Day 7

    Farewells and independent departure from the hotel. Check out is by 11am. Please remember that your Passport Ticket is valid for 12 months. We hope you have enjoyed your holiday and look forward to welcoming you on another soon. 

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Our Accommodation on this holiday

Below is the accommodation featured on this holiday. If you are on a multi-centre holiday, these are highlights of the places where we stay. Please refer to your Holiday Information sheet (which can be found under View Departures & Book), for your departure date and for all your accommodation details.

The Valley Hotel

We stay at the three star Best Western Valley Hotel, situated very close to Coalbrookdale and the Iron Bridge. It was once the home of Henry Dickinson, ironmaker, and then Arthur Maw, tilemaker, and is still decorated with Maw's products. A beautiful terrace and lawn stretch down to the River Severn. The spacious bar and 2 AA Rosette restaurant, where breakfast and evening meals are taken, overlook the gardens. The well-appointed bedrooms in the hotel are clean and comfortable and tastefully decorated offering a 'home from home' environment for you to relax and unwind.  All rooms have tea/coffee making facilities, flat screen television and complimentary Wi-Fi.