|The Wrekin from
|Estimated net time||1 hour|
The whole route is done on forest road.
|Drinking water||No access to running water.|
|GSM coverage||Coverage throughout the route (March 2012).|
|Parking||Room for many cars at car park by trail head.|
|Start height||155 metres|
|Vertical metres||260 metres for the roundtrip.|
|Trip distance||4.5 km|
From Birmingham drive north on road M6 to junction 10a and turn west onto road M54. Drive approximately 35 km and turn left onto road B5061 (this is a few kilometres after west of Telford). Drive 1.5 km until you meet another road, and note the forest road going up to the right. Turn right and drive another 100 metres, and turn left onto the large car park. Park here.
Start walking by following the road back to the junction, and then turn sharp left onto the forest road. Follow this road 700 metres to where it does a sharp right, as well as a more narrow road continuing straight ahead. Turn right and walk up past a house. 200 metres after the sharp right turn you meet a forest road coming up from right. Turn left here and follow this road all the way to the summit. The summit is marked by a concrete cairn, and there is also cairn with a metal plate showing directions to various objects.
Descend by reversing your ascent route.
29. March 2012
I had flown into Birmingham the night before for a workshop in Telford. This Thursday morning I decided to hike The Wrekin before work, and left my Albrighton Hall Hotel at 05:35. The receptionist had told me the night before that it would be light(-ish) by then, but it was pitch dark, so I brought my small head lamp. When I arrived at trail head it was still pretty dark, but hiking the forest road was no problem even without using the artificial light.
I overtook another hiker along the forest road, and a few hundred metres before
reaching the summit I met a woman descending, exchanging a short "hello" with
both of them. By the time I got to the summit it was starting to get light, but
I was in a rush to get back to the hotel in time for the drive back to Telford
for work, so my summit stop was definitely short. An easy run back to the car
before the 25 minutes drive to the hotel gave me sufficient time for a shower
and a good breakfast.