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.
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