Walk up The Wrekin, Shropshire
Wrekin Walk with Greg
Today, Friday 26th February 2016, Greg and I decided we would walk up the Wrekin, near Telford in Shropshire as part of my #walk1000miles Challenge. It is about an hour drive from us. The last time we went up the Wrekin was in July 2014 and we were both considerably lighter and much fitter.
We followed Route card number 09 from the March 2015 edition of Country Walking Magazine. We left off the smaller Ercall Hill at the start.
I have discovered that, much to my annoyance, my husband, Greg, seems to be much fitter than I am. He set off up the paths with great gusto, whereas it was a lot more effort for me. I was quite surprised at this because I have walked a lot in the last few weeks and thought that I was getting much fitter. I am certainly fitter than I was in January.
I have done a fair few miles along flat canal paths and gently undulating terrain, however my legs were not prepared for a climb of over 900 feet / 300 metres in one afternoon – even if that was in two stages with a fairly level part in between! My calves were objecting quite loudly!
You can tell which people go up and down the Wrekin regularly as these were the ones who were striding out towards the top without even breaking into a sweat, or even running up and down the paths, with dogs trying to keep up with them. Hmm, I don’t think Greg or I are quite at that level yet!
The weather was overcast however it was great for walking. It was cold and windy in places and the air was distinctly chilly when we were out of the sunshine.
South Side Walking
We walked along the lower path and around the South side.
The lower path is mostly through woodland, where the paths are well-maintained and fairly dry – Hooray! Mud Free on the Way!
You eventually come to a part which involves a steep climb, straight right up to the rocky outcrops at the top and up to the Summit.
The views were reasonable today although we could not see as far as you can on a clear Summer day.
We had our cup of tea at the Summit before making our way back down, using the wider, more-regularly-used path back to the carpark.
This was a very pleasant 4.5 mile circular walk.
Amanda and Greg Goldston