Haywood PasturesHaywood is a complex of woodland and grassland above Coalport. The area has a south-facing aspect, and walks across the open grassland can be glorious in the sunshine.

Most of this site was originally farmland, partially planted up as woodland by Telford Development Corporation as recently as 30 or 40 years ago. They used a mixture of larch, Scots pine, ash and oak, with some of the plantings having once been designed, apparently, to spell out the word TELFORD.

Historically, the area played an important role supporting local industry. In the 18th and 19th Centuries it formed part of the Hay Farm (much of which today is a golf course) owned by the industrialist Darby family, where hundreds of horses were reared for use in industrial enterprises in the Gorge at the time.

Haywood can be explored along a network of footpaths, some of which are described in detail in the publication: Jackfield & Coalport: Five Historic Guided Walks.

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