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World famous Ironbridge

Stourbridge to Ironbridge bike ride - 50 miles

A superb bike ride to Ironbridge, Shropshire, the closest UNESCO World Heritage site to Stourbridge. Despite the distance, this wonderful route is not as difficult as you might imagine, taking in beautiful villages and mostly quiet country lanes. There are some off-road sections but the ride could be done on almost any type of bike, as long as your legs are up to it of course! But it is well within the capabilities of any reasonably fit cyclist.

There is so much to see and do in the Ironbridge area it attracts visitors from all over the world. Often describes as the "birthplace of the industrial revolution", Ironbridge gorge is home to no less than ten museums devoted to different aspects of life and industry in the area. Additionally, the gorge is a walker's and cyclist's paradise, with tracks and pathways running alongside the River Severn gorge.

The route begins at the car park of Mary Stevens park in Norton, postcode DY8 2AB. Key points along the route are listed below. Please click on the photos for a larger version. Back to Stourbridge area page

Island at junction with High Park Avenue
From Mary Stevens Park car park, turn left and cycle along South Road, going past the Gigmill pub on the left and Swan Pool playing fields on the right. Cycle up the hill past the Crematorium on your left and go straight over the island (photo) at the top into Dunsley Road. Carry on along Dunsley Road then down the steep hill, part way down the hill the road bends to the left, but you need to take Gibbet Lane, straight on. Take care at this junction.
Gibbet Lane
 
Cycle past the Round Hill water treatment works, then turn into the road on the right, where you will see access to a footpath through the fence to the left, into the woods. Years ago Gibbet Lane was open to traffic, it's amazing how quickly it has returned to nature, as it is just a narrow track now (photo).
Main Kidderminster to Wolverhampton road
Eventually Gibbet Lane reaches the main A449 Kidderminster to Wolverhampton Road (photo), where you turn right (with care). Carry on along the A449 till you reach the traffic lights at the junction with the Bridgnorth Road, turn left.
Stewponey Wharf
After a few yards cross the road and go along the small road that runs alongside the Bridgenorth Road to join the Staffordshire and Worcestershire canal towpath. Begin cycling along the towpath with the old buildings on your right (photo).
Gothersley Bridge
Continue along the towpath for a mile or two till you reach the Gothersley Bridge (photo). Leave the towpath after the bridge and continue along the lane that runs alongside it.
Turn left at this bridge...
After a couple of hundred yards you reach a small bridge over a brook (photo), turn left, then right a few yards later.
Chester Road
Carry on along this lane for another mile or so with woodland on your left, till it reaches Chester Road (photo), where you turn right. After a few hundred yards take the second turning on the left, Highgate Road, going past Enville Golf club. At the top of a gentle climb stay on the road, do not take the road that goes straight on at the bend. Carry on along Gospel Ash Road past Wolverhampton Airport, on your left,
Eventually you reach the junction with Six Ashes Road at the Royal Oak pub (photo). Cross over by the pub carpark, then after 75 yards turn right then immediate left. Continue along this lane untill you join the main Dudley to Bridgnorth road B4176.
Right turn for Upper Ludstone
You will join this road at an angle, take care, it's one of the few fast stretches of road, but you are only on it for half a mile or so. Take the right turn for Upper Ludstone (photo) - a much quieter country lane!
The Boycott Arms
Carry on down the hill till you get to the Boycott Arms (photo), turn right immediatetly in front of the pub, cross a small crossroads, after which you arrive at the main Wolverhampton to Bridgnorth Road A454.
Cross the main Wolverhampton to Bridgnorth road

Take care crossing the Wolverhampton to Bridgnorth road (photo), go straight over.

Easy cycling along quiet country lanes
This long straight country lane (photo) is a pleasure to cycle along, continue over two sets of small crossroads, about 3 miles.
Eventually you reach this junction with these cottages straight ahead (photo). Take the left turn, then first right towards the beautiful village of Badger.
Badger village
Badger is a delightful village with chocolate box cottages, church and duckpond (photo). With the pond on your right take the road right towards the village of Beckbury, a couple of miles away.
Beckbury village
Beckbury is another charming village (photo), cycle right through it, past the church on your left and the Seven Stars pub further on and out into the open countryside. Cycle for a couple of miles along this lane, taking the second left turning.
Take this turning off the Telford to Bridgnorth road
This brings you out on to the main Telford to Bridgnorth road, turn right then left a few yards down the road (photo). The blue sign says "Sutton Hall Farm Industrial Estate HGV Access" - take this lane.
This track takes you through woods  alongside the River Severn
Continue along this track (photo) and do not take the left turn. After a while it goes downhill.
Be careful to turn right here
Be careful to take this right turn (photo) as you go down the hill, and continue cycling through the woods, The track is a little rough but my mate had no problems with it on his racer!
Coalport road
After a mile or two you reach the Coalport road on a bend (photo), continue down the hill to the River Severn.
Silkin Way cycle track
 
At the bottom of the hill you are spoilt for choice which way to go Ironbridge, as there is a road and two cycle/walking routes. We took the middle one (photo), known as the Silkin Way.
The world famous Iron Bridge
It is then a straightforward ride into Ironbridge along the Severn Gorge.
Ironbridge town
View of Ironbridge from the famous bridge itself.
View from the Ironbridge
View up the river from the bridge, The journey home is reversal of these directions, although there are numerous other routes you could take if you prefer. We hope you enjoy the trip, do contact us, especially if you have any problems with my directions!
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