Heritage trail available at County Historic Site

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The Ironbridge Gorge Museum has put together a special downloadable route to celebrate World Heritage Day – showing the trail is Caitlin Haq from the museum.

This month marks the 50th anniversary of the creation of the World Heritage Convention, designed to safeguard exceptional heritage sites.

Ironbridge Gorge was one of the first sites in the UK to be awarded UNESCO World Heritage status, ranking it alongside the Great Pyramids and the Great Barrier Reef.

To mark the occasion, the circular route, free of charge, has been planned to offer visitors highlights of some of the most important monuments of industrial heritage in the region, including the famous Iron Bridge.

The Monument Trail begins at the Coalbrookdale Museum of Iron and allows visitors to visit some of the key monuments from the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution.

It includes walks around historic landmarks such as the Bedlam Kilns, which are believed to have been used to cast sections of the Iron Bridge.

There are ten markers along the trail, which covers a total of 3.3 miles, and these include The Upper Forge, Rose Cottage, The Boring Mill, Museum of the Gorge and Lincoln Hill Lime Kilns.

The turnpike is also a landmark with the site of the Rotunda and the Wesleyan Fletcher Memorial Chapel.

Richard Aldred, Director of Marketing and Communications, said: “The trail was planned as an event to mark the anniversary and we intend to keep it going.

“This is a digital download and incorporates landmark landmarks that showcase our industrial heritage.

“The trail is free and allows people to see some of the key landmarks and learn about local history without spending money.

“We hope that eventually this will encourage people to want to see more of the site and we hope to have leaflets printed for people to pick up at the Iron Museum.”

For more information visit ironbridge.org.uk/news/ironbridge-news/monument-trail-celebrates-50-years-of-world-heritage-sites/

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