Ales and Tails: a dog friendly walk in Ironbridge

PUBLISHED: 02:36 29 March 2012 | UPDATED: 22:01 04 October 2012

Join Boomerang the dog on a four mile trail taking in some of Ironbridge's celebrated real ale pubs

Riverside enclave of Ironbridge is not only steeped in industrial heritage and dripping with history; its also a pub paradise, dotted with real ale haunts, music venues and great eating stops. Its a wonderful place to go exploring, as long as youre willing to take in the odd steep bank or muddy footpath along the way.

On this dog-friendly wander, we journey four miles up hill and down dale, with a wide range of refreshment stops along the way to break up the journey or simply to check out for a later visit. With dog or without, Boomerang hopes you will be muttivated (groan) to visit for a day out!

Many of the pubs mentioned accept dogs and provide water bowls - look out for new Dogs Welcome stickers in the pub windows. Its not recommended to stop at them all in one walk though; you might not make it back to your starting point successfully!

1 Start at The Crown pub, postcode TF8 7QG, high up on Hodgebower with views of the magnificent Iron Bridge.Theres a car park & picnic benches.

Walk down to Madeley Road towards two popular pubs: the Horse and Jockey and the Golden Ball, which serves regularly changed guest beers.

Follow your nose down the lane, descending towards the River Severn. The Bird in Hand and Robin Hood pubs are situated by the new bridge.

From the Robin Hood turn left towards Coalport, then left at the public footpath sign which takes you into the beautiful woodland of Lloyds Coppice.

Depending on how thirsty you and your owner are you can take a left up the hill to the All Nations pub, which has its own microbrewery, or alternatively take a right down the main road and pick up the river.

Walking over a small bridge you arrive in Coalport. Maybe indulge in scrummy pork scratchings and a chilled glass of white wine at The Shakespeare Inn.

Crossing the footbridge leads you to The Boat Inn, famous for surviving many a flood from the temperamental River Severn. A quick detour here will take you to the fascinating Coalport China Museum but please leave your excitable pooch outside!

Follow the river towards Ironbridge and The Black Swan at Jackfield where you can choose from Hobsons, Everards Tiger or Town Crier whilst you listen to the babble of the rapids.

From here continue towards the highlight of the walk the famous Iron Bridge! Crossing the bridge you have a wide choice of waterfront pubs before walking up the Wharfage Steps all the way back to Hodgebower, where your walk started.

Words and images by Karen Lloyd

Walk correct as of March 2012

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