Cycle a scenic Telford bike route
7th August 2017
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You don’t have to be a tourist to enjoy cycling in Telford! The Silkin Way to Ironbridge is an AA Recommended bike ride. This lovely route starts in Telford and follows the off road Silkin Way south to Ironbridge on the River Severn.

If you need to get your bike ready for cycling again, it's worth visiting Plush Hill Cycles in Lawley, Telford to get a service or any bike gear you may need to make your journey a smooth and a comfortable one.

Silkin Way, uses a dismantled railway for much of its course, passing through deep rock cuttings and thickly wooded stretches and is just over 7 miles in distance – so a good route for all the family with moderate descent and elevation along the way!

The area of Telford and Ironbridge saw the start of the Industrial Revolution: the iron bridge over the River Severn in the village of Ironbridge was a major step on the route which saw Great Britain rise to industrial pre-eminence throughout the world in the late 18th century and most of the 19th century. The iron wheel used as the motif for the Silkin Way is an indication of the area's industrial past. 

Interested in cycling this route? Here is a brief guide or download the route from this blog in the right-hand panel:

Ironbridge Gorge lies south of Telford New Town. From the M54, follow the A442 south for 3 miles (4.8km), to its junction with the A4169. Turn right for Madeley, then at a roundabout as you approach the town, go left towards Blists Hill, Coalport and the Ironbridge Gorge Museums. The entrance to the car park is a short way along on the left.

  1. Leaving the car park, cross the road and climb shallow steps to a tarmac track, the Silkin Way. Follow it left, passing Station Road and dropping to curve beneath the main road. Swing right as you emerge and carry on at the edge of a park, later joining the pavement to reach Blists Hill Victorian Town. Keep going down the hill, the cycleway shortly diverging from the road on a gradual tree-lined descent along the line of an old railway. Through a short tunnel, the way courses enjoyably down, later passing beneath the ingenious Hay Inclined Plane. The track eventually ends in front of the Brewery Inn.
  2. Cross the road to a gated track left of the pub, that descends past cottages to the riverbank. Bear right as it forks, rising to meet a road. Follow that over the Severn, and then leave immediately down steps on the right to reach a riverside path. It skirts a picnic area and climbs around to a gate, there joining the line of another disused railway. The track continues above the river for just over half a mile (800m) before passing Maws Craft Centre, once the site of a booming tile industry. A little further on as the track ends, keep ahead on the right-most of two roads, which leads past more tile works at Jackfield. These were built by Charles Lynam between 1871 and 1874 for Craven Dunnill & Co. and now house a fascinating museum.
  3. Go forward at a junction, but as the road then bends to a reconstructed level crossing, turn off left to regain the line of the railway through Jackfield Sidings. Further on, beyond the Black Swan, pass beneath a skew bridge carrying the road to the Jackfield suspension bridge. It is then not far to the main car park at Ironbridge. Pedal through to the far side and dismount to cross the famous Iron Bridge into the town, where you will find the Malthouse a little way to the left.
  4. The route from the bridge, however, is along the main street to the right. At a mini-roundabout, take the right fork ahead, the B4373 to Jackfield and Broseley, leaving the town past the ruins of the Bedlam Furnaces. Where the road later bends to Jackfield Bridge, keep ahead on a narrow, bumpy lane, which undulates along the valley to Coalport. Keep going forward at a later junction, a bridge taking you over the Hay Inclined Plane, just beyond which, opposite the Shakespeare Inn, you will find the entrance to the Tar Museum. A little further on is the Coalport China Museum.
  5. From the museum, go back along the lane a few yards/metres, turning off right onto a track that winds around Coalport Village Hall to an overflow car park. Pass through it right to find a track climbing to meet the Silkin Way. Turn left and retrace your outward route past Blists Hill to the car park from which you began. The way is steadily uphill, but the track is well-graded and the climb relatively easy.
Visit Plush Hill Cycles for all of your biking needs.
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