Rail Rambles, now Mid-Wales & Marches Rail Rambles and RailRambles Cymru, can celebrate 30 years of fantastic walking this year, there are a series of walks in July which both groups should support. We are hoping to see as many of our members as possible supporting this part of the programme and, after the walk on 27th July, joining members of Mid-Wales & Marches Rail Rambles in a celebratory drink at the Kings Arms in Church Stretton.
RailRambles Cymru programme is as posted on the Saturday Walk page of our website, also, Mid-Wales & Marches Rail Rambles have organised a short programme of celebratory walks, as follows :-
Wednesday 17 July
Dolau Circular via Cowlod and Llandegley (8 miles moderate). Leaders Graham Baker and Pamela H. Depart Shrewsbury 10.09, return 17.11.
Saturday 20 July
Fairbourne to Barmouth via Fegla Fawr, Fegla Fach and Morfa Mawddach ( 6 miles leisurely). Leaders Pat Willday and Marion Law. Depart Shrewsbury 09.30, return Barmouth 14.55 or 16.56. (Check update.) (Book Barmouth return.)
Wednesday 24 July
Llangollen Circular via Bryn Hyfryd, Britannia Inn and Llantysilio (9 miles moderate). Leaders Clare Gathercole and John Mattocks. Depart Shrewsbury 09.25 to Ruabon, Bus to Llangollen, return bus to Ruabon (fares extra), return train 16.43. (Book Ruabon return.)
Saturday 27 July
Church Stretton Circular via Cwm Dale, Jonathan’s Rock and Golf Course (7 miles moderate). Leaders Peter J. Jones and Mick Hemming. Depart Shrewsbury 09.00, return 16.40.
Please join in as many of these walks as you are able as we look forwards to another 30 years of exciting walks.
Shropshire Way Walking Festival – 21st September to 28th September
Most of us know how the Shropshire Way had become a huge web of paths which couldn’t easily be followed as a long distance route. The Shropshire Way Association was formed in June 2016 to make more sense of it. Working with Shropshire and Telford & Wrekin Councils, a logical 200 mile figure of eight route was born and is now shown on the digital OS maps. Easy to see orange waymarks are appearing all over the county and, in time, they will replace the different versions of the black and white ones.
Countless people have worked very hard to fine tune and waymark the route and much work is ongoing to keep the Way in good order. Now it’s time to celebrate this great long distance path that covers so many beautiful parts of our county.
The Shropshire Way Association is planning a Shropshire Way Festival starting on Saturday 21 September which will finish with a celebration in Shrewsbury the following Saturday 28 September. More details on the latter to follow.
In the meantime, the Association would be delighted if all the walking groups in Shropshire were to join in the Festival celebration by organising at least one walk on any day between Saturday 21 and Friday 27 September. It could be part of your group’s usual programme of walks, or an extra one. It could be a morning, afternoon or evening walk. It could be just a few miles or it could take all day but, in the spirit of the Festival, at least some of the route should be on the new Shropshire Way Main Route. To celebrate the walk perhaps it could finish with a cafe stop or a drink in a pub so all the walkers can “Toast the Way”.
The Association plans to publish a Festival programme of all the walks that are being held around the county during that September week so, if your group wishes to participate, please could you let me have details of the walk(s) you’re organising, ideally with details of a contact, by the end of June at the latest.
In the meantime, I’d really appreciate it if you could acknowledge this email so that I know it has been received. If it is being passed on to someone else to deal with perhaps you could let me know that too so that I can follow it up.
Here’s the link to the Shropshire Way’s very user friendly website which gives lots of detail about the route for each stage and gpx file downloads. https://shropshireway.org.uk/
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. www.shropshireway.org.uk
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
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
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 https://www.airbnb.co.uk/rooms/32946595, if you would like any more information please give me a call on 07824 508536.