Phil Revell

Coalbrookdale – The Ropewalk
Good circular walk around Coalbrookdale and back via the ropewalk.

Route Information
3.4 miles (5.5 kilometres)
Some steep sections. Muddy in places.
At a moderate pace this should take approximately one hour 20 mins.
Park in the Coalbrookdale centre free park. From Ironbridge, turn left after the traffic lights at the Coalbrookdale Inn, then immediate left again into the car park.
Public toilets – Coalbrookdale museum.

Start at the Coalbrookdale Community Centre on Darby Road in Coalbrookdale,
not at the Museum of Iron.

Turn left out of the car park and walk away from the main road towards the railway viaduct. Pass under the viaduct and turn left. Stop here for a moment and listen to the water cascading through the sluices. This is the site of the old water wheels that used to power the blast furnaces.

Keeping the viaduct on your left, walk down Darby Road. At the junction keep right and walk up the hill on the old coach road. Keep on this quiet road, until you see a gate on your left leading to a newly built track, which parallels the road through the woods. This track leads through the
Greenwood Centre and then back onto the Coach Road. Keep on downhill, past the school, until you reach the main Ironbridge / Buildwas Road.

20 mins

Turn right, then right again after 50 metres, up a tarmac road that leads to a railway gate. Cross the railway track and pass in front of some cottages before going through another gate onto a clear footpath.

Climb through the woods and emerge onto fields with an impressive view of the Severn Valley to the west. Keep straight on through several gates until you climb steeply up a rough field to a minor road.
Turn left on the road, keeping eyes and ears alert for cars and bikes.
After about half a mile you approach a bridge over the Ironbridge by-pass (you will have been hearing the traffic noise for some time).

50 minutes

Turn right down what appears to be a private drive (it isn’t) towards Leasowes Farm. Go through a very old field gate (tricky catch) just before the farm buildings on the right. Descend through the field towards a stile, and into the woods on a clear path.

Follow the path through the woods, over a stream and up a few steps onto the Ropewalk. This is where rope manufacture used to take place in the 18
th Century. After approximately 75 yards turn left through a gate and down steep steps to the valley below.

Cross the bridge over the stream and follow the steps and plank walk up the hill and then down the valley (Loamhole Dingle). Care is needed in places where the plank walk has become worn and slippery. The path levels out where the stream runs into the pools that used to feed the water wheels. Follow the pools around to the left and then back onto Darby Road and the car park.

1 hour 20 minutes

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