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  • Ironbridge to Bridgnorth along the river – is it rideable?
  • BigJohn
    Full Member

    We were hoping to do a gravel ride to Bridgnorth on Friday, getting onto the river path at Coalport.

    We did it about 10 years ago on 700 x 23 tyres but having seen the state of the rivers recently I wondered if any locals knew if it was underwater, boggy as hell or worth a go.

    Cheers!

    mboy
    Free Member

    On a pedalo…? Maybe!

    jamezee
    Full Member

    You can ride to Bridgnorth along the disused railway line, it’s quite a nice ride, the last mile is along the road past the golf club. The river is high at the moment but it doesn’t get near the old railway line

    BigJohn
    Full Member

    The railway line might be what we need. I’m new to the gravel scene so now we need to find routes from Stafford and Penkridge.

    thelawman
    Full Member

    The river isn’t (wasn’t last weekend anyway) anywhere near high enough to bother the old rlwy line. That was built high enough not to be flooded. As above, the Bridgnorth end is close to the golf course, which does sometimes flood, but the route quickly bypasses the course itself by using using the lane past the clubhouse,  which is slightly higher.

    TL:DR the Severn would have to be very high to make it impassable.

    thelawman
    Full Member

    routes from Stafford and Penkridge.

    From Stafford, I’d say Millenium Way to Newport, then via Church Aston, Lilleshall & Preston on Weald Moors to the north end of the Silkin Way near Shawbirch. If your nav is up to following the twists and turns of the bastardised route that now takes through Telford, it’ll drop you perfectly down to Coalport.
    From Penkridge, either head NW to join the Millenium Way at Gnosall, or (probably shorter) go basically west via Wheaton Aston, Gt Chatwell, south of Lilleshall and then cycleways from Muxton westwards to join the above Silkin Way.
    Easy peasy!

    Either of the above, followed by a ride down to Bridgo, makes for a longish day.
    Oh, and I’m pretty sure the route along the Severn valley is no longer gravel; think it was surfaced a few years ago.

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