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  Heart of Wales line – Bucknell

We’re fortunate to live in Bucknell station, on the Heart of Wales line.  Our kids think it’s a dream house, and 6 months after we moved in, still run to the windows every time a train passes.

The station’s old ticket office was converted to a house in the 1970s, and is now an annex to the part of the house we live in.  We’ve recently finished renovating it as a holiday let, and thought your members might be interested to hear more about it.

A full set of details is available here, if you would like any more information please give me a call on 07824 508536.

Nina Walmsley



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”



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



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.

UPDATE on Ironbridge Walking Festival

The programme is now ‘live’: 57 walks from 3 – 20 miles. Details of the walks can be found on our website: http:// . Bookings can be made by email via or by telephoning 01952 433424.

This increasingly popular festival is attracting growing numbers of participants from far and wide. We are particularly proud of our continuing ability to provide for all ages, interests and levels of fitness.


Wednesday 8th May: Gorge-ous  Landscapes

Leader: Pat Talbott Distance: 16 m Grade: Energetic

The walk (IGWF Walk 28) visits 10 of the best viewpoints of and from the Gorge, with plenty of ‘ups and downs’.

Though not strictly a Rail Ramble, this walk, starting from the Iron Bridge Toll House at 0830, can be easily accessed by bus or by using personal transport.

To join the walk email or ring 01952 433424




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