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Walking and cycling

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Wellington is a great place for starting a walk or a cycle ride, and local groups such as the LA21 and Walkers are Welcome have produced some fantastic guides to point you in the right direction. 

Walkers are Welcome  is a network of towns and villages which strive to make their towns more attractive to walkers by improving the local walking infrastructure. In Wellington the group clears footpaths, leads 2 walks a month and runs the week long Wellington Walking Festival in September each year. 

There is an active Walking for Health group in Telford and Wrekin which has weekly walks from Wellington, Shawbirch and Apley.

Walking routes

Heritage trails around town: Wellington is a modest place – there’s no castle and no abbey – but there’s a story around every corner. With these two guides from Wellington LA21, you can get behind the modern shop fronts to find out about the events and individuals who made our town over several centuries.

These routes put together by Wellington’s Walkers are Welcome group take you up and around The Wrekin, through The Ercall Nature Reserve and the Limekiln Woods.

  • Walk A - To the top of The Wrekin (3.5 miles one way).
  • Walk B - Around The Wrekin (7.5 miles).
  • Walk C - Ercall Wood (3 miles and 4 miles options).
  • Walk D - Limekiln Wood (3 miles and 5 miles options).
  • Wellington town centre is on 3 waymarked routes:
    • The Telford T50 - a 50 Mile Trail which was created in 2018 as part of  Telford's 50th birthday celebrations.  
    • The Shropshire Way passes through Wellington. It has been redefined and re waymarked in the last few years.  
    • The Hutchison Way from Wellington to Newport was named for David Hutchison, the late Chief Executive of Telford & Wrekin Council who was the inspiration and strong supporter of the route. This too has been recently re-waymarked. Download the leaflet on the Telford & Wrekin Council's website.

Wellington LA 21 have recently launched two new websites to help enjoyment of the local area - Explore the Wrekin shows the history and wildlife of the Wrekin Forest whilst Explore the Weald Moors takes you on a 'Safari' exploring the habitat, flora and fauna of East Shropshire's largest wetland landscape.

Cycling routes

A number of cycle trails start in the centre of Wellington and head off in various directions, taking in not only the undulating terrain around The Wrekin south-west of the town, but also the Tern Valley and the Weald Moors to the north.