Ironbridge Walk to Cooling Towers and Benthall Hall


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Date recorded:

Park in the pay and display car park on The Wharfage, TF8 7NH
SJ 673 034
3.5 miles (5.6km)
1 hour 35 minutes
1 long, tough hill
20 November 2016

Don’t forget to:

“Seek the Sheep”

Along the walk look out for where sheep is, put your teddy or yourself there, take a photograph and email it to us so we can link it to this walk.


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The Walk

With the Malthouse Pub on your left and the car park on your right, walk along the pavement on the right hand side of the road to Iron Bridge (the actual bridge). Turn right and walk over the bridge. Once over the bridge turn right and take a few steps.  Take the footpath under the bridge.

Keep on this footpath ignoring paths to the left until you are almost at a cooling tower. At the cooling tower turn left (through a kissing gate), then go a sharp left signposted to Patten’s Rock. Start the climb up the hill. At the next junction of paths there are 3 paths. Take the right path, signposted Benthall Hall. Continue up the hill.


View of Ironbridge

At the next junction of paths, take the path to your left. Go through a kissing gate.

You actually walk up the hill for around 15 to 20 minutes.

You know you have reached the top of the hill when you come to an obvious steep dip down, then back up again. Then you come to a wooden gate. Go through the gate. On the left is a metal gate, go through the metal gate into a wide track. Keep on this wide track for around 5 minutes.  You pass a farmhouse on the left, then shortly after there is a car park on the right.  At the car park the footpath bends slightly to the left and ahead is a gate and a signpost “Bridleway”.  Go through the gate. Benthall Hall is on the left and is open to the public except in mid winter.

Follow the path and go through another wooden gate. You go under electricity cables supported by pylons. Keep walking until you reach another wooden gate.  Take the right turn. After around 5 minutes you emerge on a road. Go straight on.

At the next junction, take the road to the left not the top road named ‘The Mines’. Keep walking down hill. At the next junction you will see a sign for the road you are on ‘Spout Lane’. Turn left here walking down the steep hill on the footpath on the right side.  The footpath leaves the road, keep on the path retracing your steps back over Iron Bridge and along the Wharfage to the White Hart Pub which is on your right.

The Pub


The White Hart, 10 Wharfage, Ironbridge, Telford TF8 7AW

The pub is the White Hart. The pub is very popular in Ironbridge. It welcomes walkers and dogs.  It is warm and has plenty of atmosphere. In the summer you can sit outside and take in the views of the River.  Well worth a visit. There is a selection of nice wines.

Lyn says: Ironbridge is a great place to visit any time of the year with the iconic bridge over the River Severn and houses on the hill.  You can go and have a look at Benthall Hall which is a National Trust property.

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In a field before you reach the road which is Spout Lane – Photograph taken on 8 December 2013

Enjoy these wonderful walks and take care

From Helen & Lyn of Walking & Wine!