Saturday, 11 June 2011

Fancy a challenge?

Challenge yourself with a walk over the edge

A South Shropshire landmark is set to host a challenging event as part of a national drive to get people out and about.

As part of the National Trust’s Walking Festival later this year, there will be an 18 mile walk or run along Wenlock Edge on 23 October 2011. 
This is a new and exciting venture encouraging people to get out and about and explore a natural feature that is actually visible from space.

Participants will assemble at Much Wenlock and be transported to Craven Arms by coach where the walk will start taking in Wilderhope Manor, an Elizabethan country house as well as passing through semi-natural ancient woodlands with great views across the Shropshire countryside. 

The walk will finish at historic Much Wenlock, the birthplace of the modern Olympiad.

Chris Dunkerley, Assistant Ranger for the National Trust on Wenlock Edge, said: “This event is a great way of encouraging people to be active in the great outdoors and to enjoy this beautiful landscape. It’s a great place for doing physical exercise and beats going to the gym.

 “It is hoped that next year this event will be expanded into a full marathon reflecting the fact that the 2012 Olympic Games are taking place in London.”

The walk costs £12.50 per person which includes refreshments and coach transfer, it is open to walkers and runners over the age of 14. 14 -18 year olds must be accompanied by an adult.

The National Trust are also looking for volunteers to help marshal at the event, Emily Knight, Visitor Services Manager says “volunteers are vital to our organisation and this is a great event for people to get involved in.”

For more information and to book either call: 01694 725000 or e-mail:

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