About Us

Our Committee

Our Supporters

How we protect your Information

We are really proud of our Festival and it wouldn’t be the success it is, without our wonderful walk leaders and co-leaders who plan, create and test out routes throughout the year and are always looking for ways to improve the walking experience for our fabulous walkers.

Our walkers are the heart of the Festival, whether you are joining us for the first time or coming back year after year, it is a delight to see both new and familiar faces and we want you to enjoy the walks as much as we do.

Many of our walkers start small in terms of mileage or days and build up and it is an absolute joy to see walkers return to us each year either doing more days or bigger distances. Some walkers even end up being Walk or Co-Leaders and some even join the Committee! But whatever your reason for walking with us, regardless of days or distance, we just want you to enjoy your time with us.

The take up of our walks has grown over the years, since starting in 2005. The Festival is organised by a Committee, made up of volunteers and representatives from partner organisations who are all passionate about what we can offer in the beautiful Gorge and in the surrounding areas within Telford and Wrekin and South Shropshire.

Organising the Festival is a year round activity, with planning meetings, recces, programme co-ordination, securing sponsorship, publicity including website and social media communications. We are very fortunate to be supported by generous sponsors and donations, both of which enable us to provide the Festival for free, something that we will strive to continue.

We formally meet as a Committee six times a year, one of which is our Annual General Meeting (AGM) and the meetings are geared around the organisation of the Festival.

If you would like to become more involved in the work of the Festival, please contact Neil, our Chairman on chairman@ironbridgewalking.co.uk or speak to our committee members and walk leaders who are always happy to talk about our work when out walking.

Details of our last AGM can be found here

Following the election of the new Management Committee at our AGM held on 18th July 2022, the positions held for 2022-2023 are:

Officer Positions
Chair - Neil Cartman - chairman@ironbridgewalking.co.uk
Secretary - Lynn Turner - secretary@ironbridgewalking.co.uk
Treasurer - Irene Gilmore - treasurer@ironbridgewalking.co.uk
Communications Officer - Lynn Turner - info@ironbridgewalking.co.uk

The Gorge Parish Council - Lee Proudfoot
Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust (IGMT) - Vacant 
Severn Gorge Countryside Trust - Amber Bicheno
Discover Telford - Jon Bielstein
Friends of Telford 50 Mile Trail -
Dag Saunders

Walk Leaders
Irene Gilmore, Mike Philips, Linda Birtwhistle, Jane Warman, Sally Williams, Ian Kelsey, and Jackie Bletcher.

You can find our GDPR Policy here

Here is a summary of how currently walk leader information is used:

From July 2021, Data is held by Eventbrite for participants booked on walks, their GDPR policy can be found at:
Eventbrite & EU Data Protection | Eventbrite Help Centre

By booking through Eventbrite, walkers are opting in to be contacted about future festivals and in relation to the business of the current walking festival.

Eventbrite information can be accessed for the purpose of Walking Festival business by the Committee and by Walk Leaders in relation to the walks they are leading.

We would like to thank our supporters for their generous donations, which is why we can offer our wonderful festival for free.

If you are an organisation and would like to make a contribution to future festivals, please contact chairman@ironbridgewalking.co.uk

If you would like to make a personal donation, then you can do so by making a payment to our bank account. Details are at the bottom of this page.

All donations are much appreciated.

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

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