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Llanymynech Heritage Area


Adjacent to the A483 6 miles south of Oswestry, grid ref SJ266211. A map showing the location of the site is available via the Map showing parks and countryside sites link on this page.

About the site

A unique opportunity to discover our industrial past!

As one of only 3 remaining Hoffman Kilns in the country, 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.

Things to do and see

Llanymynech Folk Festival at Llanymynech Heritage Area:  16-18 August 2013.  Click here for more information.

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 and meadows

The site covers a large area with a variety of different habitats to explore freely.

Circular walks

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. (Other family-friendly walks are available at other Countryside sites).

Recreational Activities

Reasonably level walking, some surfaced paths. Some unsurfaced routes and rough ground.

The Llanymynech Community Project

Originally funded through Heritage Lottery Fund, the project hosts a website which you can access via the link on this page. This website contains plenty of information about the Heritage Project, and also educational and general interest material.

A small parking area is available off the A483 at the British Waterways depot. 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.

The Llanymynech Limeworks Heritage Project

This was a 3 year project, which has now been completed.

The project started in March 2006 and ran until February 2009. It received funding support of nearly £900,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund, English Heritage, The Aggregates Levy Sustainable Fund and from the project partners to restore and conserve this nationally significant site. A Conservation Plan has been developed which outlines the conservation issues and provides a summary of the recommendations to take forward the development of the site. The Conservation Plan is provided as an attachment on this page.

Contact us via the details on this page for further information about the site and LLIMEYS – Friends of the Llanymynech Limeworks Heritage Area.

Education Room

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

If you or your organisation would like to hold a public event on this site please contact us via the details on this page.

Online services and downloads


Outdoor Recreation
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