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Shropshire Rights of Way Survey

Shropshire Council would once again like your views about the condition of our Rights of Way Network and the way that you use it via the Survey detailed below. This survey is important as it helps the council to prioritise it’s spending and in previous years the survey has been dominated by results from Horse Riders and Off Roaders (who are a minority in terms of users). So PLEASE, we need your views if we are to ensure that Walkers are correctly represented

This year’s Annual User survey is now available to fill, the results of this will help us prioritise where we focus our efforts for Outdoor Recreation in Shropshire into the future.  Please follow the link below and click on “How to get involved”


Mick’s Tours 2019

26th/27th March

Tregaron to Cynghordy via TynCornel

See Mid Week Walk Programme for full details

Shropshire Way 80k – 6/7th April 2019

There are a number of events being organised by the Shropshire Discovery Centre including a number of walks/runs of various grades which may be of interest. Check the website and see which events we can support on

Events are taking place on weekend of 6/7th April 2019 and volunteers to help/steward events as well as participators are needed

Further information can be obtained from Grant Wilson, Centre Manager at




• We have incorporated RailRambles Cymru as a community interest company (CIC), limited by guarantee. One purpose of this is to meet concerns about possible claims. Our leaders and organisers consequently benefit from limited liability: the maximum liability of subscribers to the CIC is their guarantee of £1, in the event that we are unable to pay any claim against us. The risk of claims is no greater for us than for any individual walking on public footpaths. Probably the risk is less, as we take particular care of the countryside in general, and with the conscientious closure of gates in particular. There is no obligation on any walker to join or to pay anything to RailRambles Cymru (RRC) but we are keen that as many walkers as can, should join. Please request an application form from Dennis Jones. There is nothing to pay and no obligation to do anything. We are keen that our company profile shows us as a real community group, not just a couple of enthusiasts.
• We have no intention to have frequent or formal meetings. CJ has agreed to continue his work with the route maps and with statistical reports. Mike Downward has agreed to continue producing the longer walk programmes. Both of them would welcome an assistant who could learn the trade mysteries. For formal CIC purposes, Phil Sandell has volunteered to be Secretary, and Cheryl, the Treasurer. These offers have been accepted with acclamation! Dennis with Mike are handling the website, but more volunteers would be welcome to apply. Cheryl will co-ordinate internal affairs of RailRambles (which might include social events, optional training and informal planning) and I will continue to co-ordinate external affairs, including renewal of rail passes.
• We have established our own website to make our walking programme available to prospective walkers. The April 25 club have agreed to post a link to our site on theirs, as we have done for them. ATW have also agreed to post a link to our website. We have opened contact with the Association of Community Rail Partnerships, and (prospectively) through them with KeolisAmey who will replace Arriva Trains Wales from October 2018. I have suggested a meeting with KeolisAmey, and am told that this will be considered after October 14.
• Our approach is that RailRambles should continue for most purposes as it always has: informally, with discussion proceeding during walks. There may be a Christmas lunch where the five minutes formal business of the CIC can be dealt with, but, for most purposes, all walkers with us have the same rights to raise issues and volunteer (or not) to do the jobs.

Mark/August 1 2018


Shropshire Way Main Route

The Shropshire Way Main Route is a long distance path of 200 miles. It comprises two loops centring on Shrewsbury, covering the South Shropshire Hills and the North Meres, Mosses and canals. Fifteen stages link the major towns and transport hubs so that public transport can be used to complete the route. Rail Rambles often include part of this scenic trail. For more information and latest developments follow the link to the SWA website.


The Heart of Wales Line

The Heart of Wales Line Development Co is the Community Rail Partnership for the Line: Working to promote and develop the Heart of Wales Railway Line for the benefit of local residents, businesses and visitors.

For more information go to: Heart of Wales


14th Ironbridge Gorge Walking Festival 4 – 12 May 2019

The 2019 Ironbridge Gorge Walking Festival will be the opportunity to discover the wonders of the Ironbridge Gorge, its World Heritage listed Iron Bridge (completely restored by English Heritage, back to its original splendour) and the host of towns and villages that make this part of South Shropshire an excellent base for walking.

On offer will be in excess of 50 walks, with something to suit all abilities, from short, often themed, walks in and around the Gorge, to all day hikes of 15-20 miles.  For the more adventurous, we have our well-established 50 or 100 mile medal challenge, awarded to those who complete either distance during the 9 days of the Festival.

One of the key features of our Festival is that all walks are FREE to enter, though prior booking is essential as the event is growing in popularity every year.

We look forward to meeting you in 2019.

For more information please contact or visit our website  The programme will be finalised and open for bookings in February.

Telford T50

The Telford T50 50 Mile Trail was created to celebrate the new town’s 50th anniversary in 2018.
A new trail to showcase the many beautiful green spaces, interesting places and indistrial heritage that make Telford special.

For more information please go to Telford5050