Silkin Way Cycle Route Overall Rating: ⭐⭐⭐
The Silkin Way is a 14 mile long (mostly) traffic-free route in Shropshire, linking Bratton with Coalport, via Telford. There are several on-road segments, along quiet roads, and in Telford also some shared pavements.
If you’re going to do only half of this route, I’d suggest the southern half, as the northern half has a fair bit of proximity to fast, busy roads (but doesn’t go directly on those roads).
Photos are by Amanda Phillipson.
Surface on the Silkin Way
Most of the route is tarred, up to Blists Hill Victorian Town, after which it is self-compacting gravel until Coalport. The gravel segments are good though.
Pretty much any type of bicycle can use this route.
There are toilets at The Pheasant Inn (off-trail near the start), at the Blue Pig, various places in Telford, at The Forrester’s Arms, and at the Woodbridge Inn (across the river, at the end of the route).
Points of Interest
The route passes right by Blists Hill Victorian Town, and the famous Iron Bridge is nearby, too..
Routes in Shropshire
There are no barriers or gates on this route.
Refreshment stops: ⭐⭐⭐
Forecast for the Silkin Way
What the Silkin Way looks like
Getting to the Silkin Way
You can get to this route by train, with the Wellington station, on the Wolverhamptoon to Shrewsbury line, being the nearest station to the start. The Okeangates station in Telford is nearer the trail, though, but gives access to the route around the midway mark.
Before taking your bike on the train, be sure to read my Bikes On Trains guide first.
DayCycle routes are routes can can easily be cycled by most people in a day, or part of a day. Do have a look at all the other DayCycle routes available on WillCycle. Many contain detailed route guides, as well as embedded maps (like the one below) from which you can download the GPX file for the route.