Llanymynech Walk, a 6 ¼ mile, 3 ½ - 4 hour walk along the Montgomery Canal returning along a section of the Offa’s Dyke Path National Trail starting from Llanymynech Limeworks Heritage Area.


6.3 miles


Undulating with steep climbs

Start from

Llanymynech Limeworks Heritage Area

Nearest to

Llanymynech, Oswestry


Llanymynech Limeworks

Map reference

Lat/Long: 52.7817464038, -3.088940198

OS: SJ266210

The route

A mixed terrain walk of 6 miles starting along the tranquil Montgomery Canal, before heading across fields to Llynclys and the chance to look at the Cambrian Heritage Railways sidings.

Llynclys Common Nature Reserve is crossed after which a short section of Offa’s Dyke and the National Trail is walked and at the Llanymynech Natures Reserves impressive view can be seen of the Marches Borders and the middle section of the County of Shropshire. Finally the Llanymynech Limeworks Heritage Area is of exception interest to all completing the walk.

Montgomery Canal

A mixture of “in water” and dry sections of the canal that once transported the coal to the Lime Kilns and limestone and lime away for use.

Cambrian Heritage Railway

Llynclys is home to part of the CHR where it is possible to ride along part of the preserved railway at most weekends and on Special Event fixtures.

Llynclys Common Nature Reserve

The walk passes through the nature reserve which has woods, meadows, scrub, screes, old quarries, sunny glades, a pond and big skies. Its extraordinary variety of habitats make it a fantastic place for birds, plants, butterflies, moths and so, of course, for botanists, birdwatchers and all keen naturalists.

Offa’s Dyke & the Offa’s Dyke Path National Trail

A section of Offa’s Dyke is included in the walk and part of the long distance National Trail is followed by the walk.

Llanymynech Rocks Nature Reserve

The Nature Reserves are part of looked after by both Montgomery and Shropshire Wildlife Trusts, bee and pyramidal orchids grow here, along with the bright yellow rock rose and a whole herb garden of aromatic herbs – thyme, marjoram and wild basil. A small flock of Hebridean sheep may be seen here as you pass through to prevent the smothering the flower-rich swards by the surrounding grasses.  Within the Shropshire Reserve there is a Geocache that is linked the Offa’s Dyke Path. For those who enjoy the challenge.

Llanymynech Limeworks Heritage Area

Most of the industrial remains today are from 19th and 20th Century Limeworks. Much of the local rock outcrop on the hill above the village is the result of quarrying over the centuries. Canal and later rail transport allowed limestone quarrying and burning to produce quicklime.  The Hoffman Kiln is one of the best preserved in Britain.

Full Trail details can be found on www.nationaltrail.co.uk/offas-dyke-path.