Ironbridge Coracles

Coracles have been used in the Gorge for centuries, long before the world-famous Iron Bridge was built.


Ironbridge Coracles are traditionally bowl shaped, woven from ash laths, and then covered with calico and waterproofed.

Eusty, the last Ironbridge coracle maker, c1982

Bitumen was used previously to waterproof the boats. Now we use a bitumen based paint.

Learning to make a coracle

The Trust runs coracle making courses in conjunction with Small Woods Association based at the Greenwood Centre, Coalbrookdale. If you are interested in learning how to make a coracle please see Small Woods Association website for details or contact us at

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