Visitors to the Ironbridge Gorge reminded to be kind this Easter

Visitors to a Shropshire World Heritage Site this bank holiday weekend are being reminded to be kind and accommodate for others.

Dale End Park this week
Dale End Park this week

The Ironbridge Gorge would be extremely busy in normal circumstances, and with the weather improving and the coronavirus lockdown easing up, the parish council is mindful of a potential influx of tourists this weekend.

A statement from the Gorge Parish Council said: "Every year the Gorge welcomes thousands of visitors, who come to enjoy the wooded landscape, outdoor spaces, the river and the many shops, museums and dining out opportunities.

"Whilst a number of essential retailers are open and some cafes open for takeaway, and welcome your business, please remember that the majority of shops and museums won't be reopening until the next stage of lockdown easing, on April 12.

"With the Easter weekend upon us it's likely that the numbers of visitors will be high. All public car parks in the Gorge are open, providing hundred of spaces for cars and motorbikes, most within a short walking distance of the Iron Bridge.

"All Telford & Wrekin car parks within the Gorge are currently free to use and are clearly signposted from all approaches (follow the blue P symbol).

"Footpaths in the centre of Ironbridge are narrow and with the anticipated visitor numbers, it can be difficult to socially distance. Please be kind and patient and make space for others that might be at risk or feeling vulnerable.

"There are waste bins located in all parts of the Gorge. Please use them, if they're full please take your rubbish home with you to dispose of in your domestic bin. The river is not a bin. Neither are the pavements, car parks, roadside verges, picnic areas, woodlands or parks."

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