A site steeped in history spanning both sides of the English / Welsh border. 18th century Industrial archaeology has been preserved and interpreted and can be found within managed woodlands and meadows showing good diversity of flora and fauna together with views across the wider Shropshire countryside.
A small parking area is available off the A483 at the British Waterways depot and is open all the time. Alternatively, you can park in the car park behind the Dolphin pub just to the west of the crossroads in the village, or start in Pant at the (signed) Shropshire Wildlife Trust Nature Reserve car park at the end of Underhill Lane.
Adjacent to the A483 6 miles south of Oswestry, grid ref SJ266211.
Lat/Long: 52.784293, -3.0867649
The site is open all the time. The education room must be pre-booked.
Llanymynech Heritage Area forms part of an extensive site known as Llanymynech Limeworks Heritage Area which is managed by a number of stakeholders including Shropshire Wildlife Trust and Montgomeryshire Wildlife Trust both sides of the Welsh/ English border. The site represents a nationally significant ‘industrial production line in the landscape’ together with a rich history dating back to the Bronze Age.
Visitors to Llanymynech Heritage Area can expect to experience woodland, wildflower meadows and canal side walks together with extensive interpretation of the industrial archaeology, in particular the rare Hoffman Kiln on site.
As one of only three remaining Hoffman Kilns in the country and the only one with the chimney still intact, this is a nationally significant industrial heritage area. The site forms part of the ‘Limeworks’ landscape, from rock extraction on the high cliffs of Llanymynech Rocks, down the inclined planes through to the kilns and beyond, transporting the finished lime via the Montgomery Canal and Railway.
This area was a major centre of the lime industry until the beginning of the 1900s, and retains a number of important features of industrial archaeology. The impressive 42.5 metre high chimney of the Hoffmann Kiln dominates the view, and provides visitors with a focal point to a varied site.
Short circular walks (30 mins - 2 hrs) take you past impressive lime kilns, through woodland, along canals and disused railways, and across grazed pasture with views of Llanymynech Rocks, a Shropshire Wildlife Trust and Montgomery Wildlife Trust nature reserve. There are interpretation panels and specially commissioned sculptures along the way.
The Education Room in the former stable block is available for group hire. For rates and availability, please contact Llanymynech Village Hall bookings on 01691 839147 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. There is an education pack available. For more information about Llanymynech and the surrounding area click here.
There is also a small Visitor Centre managed by the Canal and River Trust. For more details click here.
The Hoffman Hike leaflet is available as an attachment on this page.
A family-friendly route has been designed at the site and is available for download on this page.
Reasonably level walking, some surfaced paths. Some unsurfaced routes and rough ground.
Things to see and do
- Hoffman Limekiln – Visit one of only 3 remaining Hoffman Kilns in the country and explore it both inside and out! Used for the continual 'burning' of lime, it was adapted from a brick kiln.
- Wander through woods, meadows and along a section of the Montgomery canal. The site covers a large area with a variety of different habitats and a diverse range of flora and fauna to explore freely.
- Llanymynech Rocks – Take a walk to Llanymynech rocks, this former limestone quarry, now managed by Shropshire Wildlife trust is a gem for limestone loving plants and associated butterflies together with a mosaic of habitats to provide a rich ecological site with views across the wider Shropshire landscape.
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