Off the beaten path in Ironbridge

Waterfall Ironbridge

It’s amazing what you can find just a few metres off the trail.

A couple of weeks ago, on one of my rare days off and while my Mum was off for the Easter holidays, we grabbed our cameras and headed out with the intention of photographing a waterfall. We did a spot of research and found one, only to get there and discover there was no where nearby to park and we’d have to park miles away. (Clearly didn’t do enough research.)

Stumped, we spent a few minutes searching the Sat Nav for something else when we saw Ironbridge. My only memories of Ironbridge are my sister and I being forced to dress up in Victorian clothes and have our photo taken together. I think that was the first time I realised I had resting bitch face. I distinctly remember the photographer asking me to look happier, “I am!” was my response.

We headed off in the direction of Ironbridge and I was delighted at what we discovered; a beautiful little British town, nestled in a valley.

Ironbridge townIronbridge town

Iron Bridge

We had a wander through the town (they have an intriguing bookshop that reminds me of the kind I explored in Paris), walked across the famous Iron Bridge, and slipped onto a trail on the other side of the gorge. Quick history lesson: Built in 1781, Iron Bridge was the first arch bridge to be made from cast iron. (Don’t say I don’t teach you anything.)

I’m a little bit of an engineering nerd. I’m fascinated by how people built things like that without modern machinery. We’ve got life so easy with all the machinery we could possibly need that it seems almost incomprehensible that our ancestors could build such grand things without it. Don’t even get me started on Machu Picchu.

Iron bridge trail Waterfall Iron Bridge

We managed to get a little bit lost; the trail just seemed to disappear and we couldn’t figure out where we should have gone. We ended up in a part of the forest that seemed quite jurassic, and ended up doing a bit of poking about, when we spotted a waterfall between the trees.

As we’d left the house with the intention of photographing a waterfall, it seemed like fate. We scrambled over trees, hopped over a stream, and tried not to lose our footing in mud and found our way to the bottom of the waterfall. And it was worth it.

Waterfall Ironbridge Benthall Edge

Waterfall iron bridge benthall edge

For me, there’s something so relaxing and humbling about the power of water. (Do you guys remember how I felt about Dochart Falls?)

It was just the two of us, stood in this little valley, taking in the waterfall with nothing but the sound of water and birds. Moments like that are the moments I live for.

Those moments where nothing else exists. Modern day isn’t a thing, and your eyes are the first eyes to see what’s in front of you.

I need to explore some more falls, so throw any suggestions my way.

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  • carlyvanwatts

    So beautiful! Ironbridge seems like a quaint, interesting place and the waterfall is lovely! Definitely a fortunate find! xxx

    • It’s so pretty. To be honest, I’ve avoided going for years because all I can remember is the horror of the museum victorian photo, and I wish I hadn’t because it’s such a pretty town.

    • It’s so pretty. To be honest, I’ve avoided going for years because all I can remember is the horror of the museum victorian photo, and I wish I hadn’t because it’s such a pretty town.

  • carlyvanwatts

    So beautiful! Ironbridge seems like a quaint, interesting place and the waterfall is lovely! Definitely a fortunate find! xxx

  • This place looks so beautiful and peaceful. Waterfalls are amazing. I bet you would love Iceland (I’ve never been, but wow, those waterfalls are EVERYWHERE). You could also plan yourself a UK waterfall “marathon”! https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_waterfalls_of_the_United_Kingdom 🙂

  • I love waterfalls and Wales has some great picks. I would love to hear your theories on the building of the Easter Island heads!

  • I love Ironbridge! We went when I was a little kid for a halloween festival thing and I still have such vivid memories of it!

    Jasmin Charlotte

    • Was it a Victorian Halloween festival? Or a modern one? After the photo incident at the museum, I just associate it with Victorian’s 😛

  • I love Ironbridge! We went when I was a little kid for a halloween festival thing and I still have such vivid memories of it!

    Jasmin Charlotte

  • Alexandra Mayhew

    So beautiful. I love that you and your mum go off on adventures together and the way you describe the waterfall is perfect X

    • I love going on a photography adventure with my Mum – we can take forever to photograph things without the rest of the family patiently waiting for us to finish 😛

  • char

    So, this is about twenty minutes from home for me, and yet I’ve never ventured off on the trail. I need to spend more time exploring my surroundings, I think…!

    • Same here, it’s about 30 minutes from me though. There are so many places around here that I’m yet to explore. Who says the Midlands is boring?

  • Oh I do love a good waterfall! I haven’t been on a little outdoor adventure in ages, and now I’m itching to get and and find some of this beauty!

    • Yay! I hope you enjoy your outdoor adventure – you just can’t beat being outside.

  • Cat

    Wow, this trip looks so magical! Like something out a fairy tale story. I love how you’re like, oh, this bridge was made in 1781, no biggie, because almost nothing in the US is that old, haha.

    • It was so cool to just stumble upon it; made me feel like a proper adventurer. Haha, that bridge is pretty young in comparison to all the other stuff we have 😛