Ironbridge and Buildwas
The wonderful UNESCO heritage site of Ironbridge is the start and finish points on many of our walks. Turning left off the bridge and walking along the Wharfage, you will come to the Museum of the Gorge, where on the river bank of the magnificent River Severn, a sculpture dedicated to the Ironbridge Coracle Men can be seen. The sculpture is based on an iconic image of Tommy Rogers, grandfather to the Gorge’s last coracle man, Eustace Rogers, who died in 2003. You can follow the Coracle Trail and visit both the new and old Coracle Sheds.
Heading past the Museum, see if you can spot the unusual railings of the Merrythought Teddy Bear shop and museum before eventually arriving on the edge of Buildwas. This was the former home of the Power Station’s unique and much loved cooling towers which were demolished in 2019, with the remaining chimney coming down in 2021. Visit our gallery to see the towers in all of their glory. After crossing Buildwas Bridge, you’ll find the site of the stunning remains of Buildwas Abbey.
These photos give you some of the highlights of this area from both sides of the River as well as from a high and low perspective. Many of the paths through the beautiful Dingles in the Gorge have been created and are maintained by the Severn Gorge Countryside Trust.
We are very proud that we can offer our festival for free, due to the generosity of our supporters, the time and dedication of our volunteer committee, wonderful walk and co-walk leaders and the generosity of our walkers. If you would like to make a donation to the festival, you can now do so by bank transfer. Many thanks for your continued support.
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