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The Woodbridge Inn and Coalport

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The Woodbridge Inn and Coalport
Author: Pub Walker, Published: 17 Oct 2013 Walk Rating:star1 The Woodbridge Inn and Coalport Walking Guide star1 The Woodbridge Inn and Coalport Walking Guide star1 The Woodbridge Inn and Coalport Walking Guide star1 The Woodbridge Inn and Coalport Walking Guide star1 The Woodbridge Inn and Coalport Walking Guide
Shropshire, Coalport
Walk Type: History trail
The Woodbridge Inn and Coalport
Length: 2 miles,  Difficulty: boot The Woodbridge Inn and Coalport Walking Guide boot The Woodbridge Inn and Coalport Walking Guide
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A 2 mile circular pub walk from the Woodbridge Inn in Coalport, Shropshire. (A 5 mile version of this walk, The Woodbridge Inn and Ironbridge, is also available on iFootpath). The Woodbridge Inn is situated on the banks of the River Severn with a raised outside terrace and a sunny garden room both giving great views across the river. The walking route follows an old railway line along the southern banks of the River Severn before crossing into Coalport to join a section of the Silkin Way path for the final stretch. There is an opportunity to visit the Coalport China Museum should you wish.

The walking route is relatively flat, with just a couple of short (but fairly steep) slopes. There are no stiles, just a couple of gates and a short flight of steps. The paths are a mixture of tarmac pavements, quiet lanes and a stone/gravel old railway line. The area is surrounded by woodland so leaf drop can make the paths a little muddy in winter but the mud is never deep. Approximate time 1 hour, plus extra time to visit any attractions.

Coalport is located within the Ironbridge Gorge in Shropshire. The walk starts and finishes from the Woodbridge Inn, just off Coalport Road on the southern side of Coalport Bridge. Approximate post code TF8 7JF. The pub has its own large car park, however during peak times this can be very busy, in which case please use the public pay and display car park at the China Museum on Coalport High Street. (From this car park, turn right along the High Street, then cross over Coalport Bridge to reach the pub on the left – about a 10 minute walk).

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Walk Sections

Start to Jackfield Memorial Bridge
Start to Jackfield Memorial Bridge

Start point: 52.6149 lat, -2.4417 long
End point: 52.6195 lat, -2.4541 long

Leave the pub car park via the vehicle entrance and cross over the road with care to join the footpath opposite, the Severn Valley Way signed to Ironbridge. On the right you’ll also see a waymarker in the shape of a Saxon Warrior which marks this as part of the Mercian Way, a 230 mile long cycle path which runs from Salisbury to Chester. This path is so-named as it passes through what was once the Anglo-Saxon Kingdom of Mercia. Pass through the kissing gate (or cross the horse hurdles) to join this wide surfaced track.

The path soon swings left heading up a flight of shallow steps and, at the top of these, follow the track as it swings right and levels off. The path follows the corridor of a former railway. After a little distance you will see a sign pointing to the right for Silkin Way via Jackfield Bridge. Turn right here and follow the slope down to the road. Keep right along the road and, as you draw level with the old railway bridge to your right, swing left still signed for the Silkin Way. Follow the lane as it swings left and you will reach a metal footbridge to your right, Jackfield Memorial Bridge.

Jackfield Memorial Bridge to End
Jackfield Memorial Bridge to End

Start point: 52.6195 lat, -2.4541 long
End point: 52.6152 lat, -2.4422 long

For this shorter version of the walk, cross Jackfield Memorial Bridge passing over the River Severn, to reach the far side in Coalport.

To your right is a stretch of the Shropshire Canal, known as the Coalport Canal. Walk a few paces right and look to your left where you’ll see an inclined railway emerging from the canal’s water! The explanation for this requires a little knowledge of the history of the town.

Coalfield was planned as a canal–river interchange and new town by ironmaster William Reynolds. Between 1788 and 1796 he built warehouses, workshops, factories and workers’ accommodation in Coalport, making the town much larger than it is today. He also directed the construction of the Shropshire Canal, linking the East Shropshire coalfield with the River Severn — the terminus being Coalport Wharf. The Hay Inclined Plane (the inclined railway you can see before you) was completed in 1793 and acted as a link between the top and bottom of the Severn gorge. The Shropshire Canal, 63 metres above where you are standing now, used box-shaped tub boats to transport goods. The twin railway tracks were laid down the incline so that the tub boats could ascend and descend the inclined plane on wheeled cradles. At the bottom of the incline the rails went underwater allowing the cradle to become submerged and the tub boat to float, moving along the Coalport Canal and out to the River Severn. The alternative to this amazing engineering feat would have required 27 locks to move the tubs the same height.

Coalport is perhaps most famous for Coalport Pottery, founded in 1795. Production continued here until the factory was moved to Staffordshire in 1926. If you wish to visit the Coalport China Museum, (which houses the Northumberland Vase, the largest piece of Coalport China ever produced) go straight ahead along the canal to reach the entrance and then come back to this point to continue your walk.

When you are ready to continue, return to the point with Jackfield Memorial Bridge behind you and go ahead up the steps (signed to Tar Tunnel and Victorian Town). At the top of the steps, turn right over the bridge (up to the left you’ll have another great view of the Hay Inclined Plane). Keep straight ahead along the High Street taking care of any traffic.

As a section of grass opens up on the right, turn left onto a stone slope heading uphill and signed for the Victorian Town. Follow this zig-zagging up through the park area. At the very top of the slope you’ll see an old train wheel which acts as a waymarker for the Silkin Way footpath. Turn right, signed to Coalport Bridge. At the next crossroads keep straight ahead, still signed for Coalport Bridge.

Stay on the Silkin Way heading steadily downhill, ignoring any footpaths off left or right. The path eventually leads you under a road bridge. Continue on the path between tall walls and you will emerge out to a junction with a wide tarmac drive. Keep left along the drive and, a few yards in, keep right at the fork (passing another black train wheel marker post). Continue up a short slope and through a gate to reach a T-junction with the road. Turn right across Coalport Bridge.

Coalport Bridge was built from cast iron in 1818, and unlike its more famous neighbour in Ironbridge, it remains open to traffic, albeit limited to a single lane.

At the far side of the bridge you’ll reach the Woodbridge Inn on the left, for some well-earned hospitality.

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2 comments for "The Woodbridge Inn and Coalport"

Easy for young children. Fabulous pub.

By gmcevoy on 30 Jul 2016

Nice stroll through the valley. Well maintained paths and well sign posted. Great dog friendly pub at the end!!

By jersey2 on 09 Jun 2015

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The list of walks presented are those you have written and entered into iFootpath. From here you can filter the list if you have lots to narrow down your search, list all or just those with a particular status. If you select a 'Published' or 'Ready' walk you will see a read-only version of your walk, although if 'Ready' you can reset status to 'Draft' again for further editing.

Walk Sections in iFootpath

Each walk section represents a particular piece of a walking route. The start and end of each section are defined by waypoints. Each section joins onto the next to form the complete walk. There is no limit to the number of sections a walk can have, but on a long walk we recommend breaking the route down into manageable pieces that are delineated by particular landmarks, turnings or changes in obvious route. Each section has its own photograph and descriptive text which should hold a photograph that illustrates the section and any instructions or other notes you want to add that may be of use in helping navigation or pointing things out.

Section Title (required)

The section title is used to provide a short name for the section. It is useful in section titles to provide an indication of the start and end, so using names of landmarks, roads, etc is a useful aid. Sections will be named automatically as the name of the waypoint at the end of that section. It is recommended that you rename the sections as something more useful to walkers.

Section Description (required)

This field is used to provide as much information as you wish about the walk section. This should include notes on navigation, even if obvious, and any further information you care to share about views, historical notes, things to look for, etc.

Key Image (recommended)

A picture can save many words and will often be very useful in helping to navigate or spot things along the route. The picture must be in any of the main image formats (JPEG, GIF, BMP, PNG) and image files up to 2Mb in size are permitted. Once an image is uploaded it will be resized automatically and a smaller version saved that is optimised for viewing on both this website and iFootpath Mobile.

Our preferred way of saving images for iFootpath is to save or export them at a maximum size of 1024x1024 pixels as a JPEG file. Please be sure that you own the copyright to any images uploaded - you must have taken them yourself or have explicit permission.

Map Ref (optional)

This allows the OS Map reference for the start and end of the section to be entered. These should be in the format:

AB 123 456

Further details of this system can be seen on the Ordnance Survey website.

Start/End Point (optional)

This provides the facility to capture the co-ordinates for the start and end points of the walk section. iFootpath will automatically complete this field based on the GPX file used to create the walk.

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