Coalbrookdale, Jackfield and Coalport
You will come to know these lovely villages as you walk with us, in and out of the Gorge. Walking through Coalbrookdale and the tranquil setting of Dale End Park heading towards Buildwas, you will be in the home of the Museum of Iron, the Darby family and the world famous Merrythought Bear Factory.
Heading along the River Severn in the opposite direction, you will come to Jackfield and Coalport which occupy opposite sides of the River, connected by the Memorial Bridge. Jackfield grew as a river port for nearby Broseley and Benthall and you can see the history of the first Shropshire railway and view for yourself the stabilisation work that has taken place in the Gorge.
Coalport, home of the famous pottery is where you can see the original canal infrastructure and lime kilns at what used to be the actual China Works. Nowadays the buildings are home to a Youth Hostel with a great cafe and the Coalport China Museum.
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.
Account Name: Ironbridge Gorge Walking Festival Sort Code: 08 – 92 - 99 Account No: 65514120