Wolverhampton to Telford on future Route 81

Thank you for your interest in this event. This is a fun day out on a section of the National Cycle Network that is not yet open. It is also a community action to highlight to local politicians that work needs to get under way very soon if this section of the NCN is to be ready for the target opening date of Summer 2005. We are promoting the NCN and cycling to local people along the route. The event is being jointly organised by Sustrans and Wolves on Wheels Cycling Campaign.

Route 81 starts at Smethwick Galton Bridge and continues northward up the Birmingham

Main Canal to Wolverhampton. Here in the future, riders will choose whether to take the Wolverhampton Cross-City Route to see the sights of the city or continue along the Brum Main Canal towards Bilbrook. Our Ride starts in Wolverhampton at the Civic Centre.

We’ll ride the canals to Bilbrook. From there we’ll visit Codsall, Albrighton, the Royal Air Force Museum at Cosford, Shifnal and end at the Council offices of Telford and Wrekin Council, Telford. The mayor of Telford will welcome the riders. Route 81 carries on to Shrewsbury on its way to Llanidloes.

At the time of writing not everything below is confirmed. These items are marked TBC

Provisional Timetable. 22 Miles


 Start Likely End Activity   
 9 am  10 am

Civic Centre, St Peter’s Square, Wolverhampton

Registration at WoW / Sustrans stand

Refreshments from council / catering provided by Mayor's Parlour

Safety announcements and meet the ride marshals and leader team

Mayor of W’ton Cllr Hart reads his mayoral address to the riders

All pose for photos for local press







 10 am 11-30 

Ride starts! Broad Street W'ton to Broad Street Basin join Brum

Main Canal. Proceed to Aldersley Junction down the 21 lock flight.

Marshalling points beside Oxley Sidings locks and at Aldersley

Junction. Staffs and Worcs canal to Autherley junction. Proceed

along Shropshire Union canal to Pendeford Mill lane using lovely

cycle ramp up from the Shroppie. Ride on the widened footway

which is 1 km of completed Route 81 into Bilbrook.

Proceed to either The Square, Codsall or S Staffs district council


 4 miles.  Lots of stops








 11-30 12 noon 

Stop at one of the above and pick-up riders.

Meet Local Councillors and local people. Press photo opportunity



12 noon 1 pm

Leave on Wood Rd. At bottom of gentle hill fork L onto Moatbrook

Lane TL at end. 200m TR Hushpins Lane and Beamish Lane. Best

section of ride! At Jnc with A41 SO extreme care. Marshalling

point. Beamish Lane continues. TR at end. Straight thru Albrighton,

picking up riders at cross roads (12-45pm) , under Rly TL onto A41

Northwest bound footway. After 1km TL at lights SP RAF

Museum pass Cosford Rly stn.

1pm 2pm

RAF Museum Cosford. Opportunity to join or leave the ride, or buy

lunch in the Aviator Restaurant. Free Car park and Central Trains

service back to Wolverhampton. Photo Call.

Guided Tour of museum for those leading the ride can be arranged

2 pm 2.45 pm

Leave Museum. TL and over Rly. Follow Neachley Lane until end.

TL onto Stanton Road sp Shifnal. Into Shifnal past Rly station and

TR into shopping street. Pick up point.

Possible photo call with Shropshire councillor and local riders.

3pm 3.30pm Approx

Shifnal to Telford. SO on B4379 TR onto minor road to Haughton

Village Farm. West from there past Haughton Mill. Road converges

with Motorway. TR at Jnc with A464 Priors Lee Road and join

Route 81 cycle lanes. Major marshalling activity at the Castle Farm

interchange. To ensure safe crossing of the arms of the junction.

Leave through gate and enter Stafford Park industrial estate. Make

way to Rail Station and Civic reception at the 'Civic Offices' ( also

known as 'Malinslee House' ).











22 Miles

3.30-4.30 5pm Latest

Welcome from Cllr Hilda Rhodes. Mayor of Telford and Wrekin.

Photo call.


Entertainment from The Route 81 Band1!




Riders disperse. Touring cyclists ride home, Others use Central

Trains service noting limited cycle carrying capacity or be collected

by car. Well done! Thank you for taking part!




Riders are requested to bring a roadworthy cycle, lots of smiles, hat and coat, spare inner tube, tyre levers and puncture repair kit. A drinks bottle is a good idea. We’ll have lots of time to buy nibbles in village shops and lunch at Cosford RAF Museum restaurant.

Wolves on Wheels have been offered the loan of keys for RADAR gates and motorcycle barriers along the canal section of the ride by British Waterways on receipt of our event application. This has been sent. Apart from making the canal section more enjoyable to ride we are now able to welcome tandem teams and child trailers. These are popular amongst our members anyway!


1 Quartet of Wolverhampton based Sustrans Rangers playing Jigs, Reels and country dance tunes plus a little trad. jazz. Permission is being sought from the T&W Council.


The Civic Offices ( 'Malinslee House' ) car park in Telford may be open for collection of riders. We will be asking once we’ve confirmed the Mayor’s attendance.

However the Do it All car park is alongside - it'll be a charge of £2.50 for the day to park there (For up to 30 mins, free; 1 hour £1; 2 hours £1.50 and up to 3 hours £2.00. Thereafter £2.50).

The Saturday train service between Telford and Wolverhampton features 2 trains an hour at least one of which stops at all stations. Cycle carriage is limited to say 4 to 6 bikes per train.

I’ll write an updated version a week before the event. Please confirm your interest, the stretch you’d like to ride ie All / W’ton to Cosford / Cosford to Telford / other, and the number of riders in your party.


Best regards

David Holman

Liaison Ranger in Wolverhampton &

Campaign Chair of Wolves on Wheels Cycling Campaign

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