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Built in 1899, Llanymynech Heritage Area boasts one of the three remaining Hoffman Kilns in the country. The Hoffman Kiln was used to burn and produce quicklime which, in turn, was used as fertiliser and for other products, such as lime mortar. The site contains a host of industrial relics which, together with thoughtfully laid-out interpretation, bring an otherwise long-forgotten past alive. The site itself is set amongst beautiful woodland, and the skyline dominated by the towering limestone cliffs of the quarry. In its day this was one busy place!
Surveyed by: Joe Penfold, December 2012
Accessibility Rating: 2
Distance: 1.1 km
Llanymynech Countryside Heritage Area is located adjacent to the A483, 6 miles south of Oswestry (grid ref SJ266211).
The hard surfacing in the car park is uneven in places.
There is one parking bay designated for disabled visitors.
Visitor information and orientation is located at the site entrance.
There is sufficient space to pass through the entrance gate, although weelchair users will have to negotiate a cross gradient (10%)
The path is 2.8m wide and has been constructed to a high standard
For the most part, paths around the site are relatively level, wide and well compacted.
Some visitors may like to explore the network of other paths around the site - although these are not as accessible.
Bear left on the main path
A picnic area is located next to the restored stable block.
The picnic bench in the foreground has a lengthened tabletop which makes it more accesible to wheechair users. Access to the bench is over uneven stone surfacing.
Ramped access to the stable block
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At this point, a steep cross-slope (16%) may unbalance some visitors. The path is more level to the left of the picture.
Waymark information describes the location of steps
Continue straight on to follow the circular walk.
The path meanders through pleasant woodland, alive with birdsong.
There are several interpretation panels describing the features of Llanymynech Limeworks.
Railway sleepers cross small streams where there are minor step level rises between the path and the boardwalk.
Turn left here to the Hoffman Kiln. circular walk. Head straight-on for a short detour to the Tally House.
An uphill gradient 7% to the Tally House, as seen ahead.
Limestone, quarried above, was brought down a steep incline to here, the Tally House, where it was weighed and recorded. The limestone was then taken down to the Hoffman Kiln. Look out for the interpretation board inside the building.
A rest area is located approximately 100m past the Stable Block - accessed over rough ground.
Bear left to the interpretation board as seen in the background.
Another interetation board is located close to the tunnel.
The tunnel leads to the incline. Access from here is much more difficult and involves a sustained and steep hill, unsuitable for wheelchair users.
Railway sleepers bridge the stream. The path next to the stream narrows to 1.2m and no safety rail is present.
Follow the upper path for an eleveted view of the Hoffman Kiln.
This is a good rest area with a great view over the Hoffman Kiln where visitors can learn more about the processes involved in the limeworks.
The gradient leading down to the Hoffman Kiln is quite steep and was measured at 12%.
The path on the left follows the circular walk. Before doing so, it's well worth a short detour aound the Hoffman Kiln.
A flat, well-surfaced path leads around the edge of the Hoffman Kiln.
Enter the Kiln, if you dare!
View from inside the Kiln.
Another rest point and information board are located at the far end of the Hoffman Kiln.
Access down on to the main path, via steps.
There is also access to the adjacent Bell Kiln, although the quality of the surfacing deteriorates.
Wheelchair users may require assistance over the step level rise, if wishing to access the metal viewing platform.
Follow the outside of the Kiln in a clockwise rotation.
On opportunity to take a rest!?
Regain the main path on the left of the picture
The path is steeper and more uneven on the approach to the wicket gate.
The wicket gate is fitted with a lever-bar and latch mechanisms. The gate opens in both directions, making it easier to operate.
The path narrows to 1.2m along this section of the trail.
The path bears right. The bench is accessed over rough ground.
As before, this wicket gate can be opened in both directions and has different latches.
The path widens to 2.8m and is well maintained in this area.
The path leads underneath the Hoffman Kiln.
Interpretation panels are set at a good height for viewing
View of the Draw Kiln.
At the next T-Junction turn left towards the Stable Block.
Interpretation boards are well-placed throughout the site.
Bear left and retrace the route back to the car park.