Our videos show some of the walks around the Heritage area, the Quarry and also a trip on the George Watson Buck. They are the perfect way to get to know the Llanymynech Limeworks and to plan your visit. Even if you have been here before we may be able to show you something that you haven’t yet visited in person. The first video below takes you on a walk around the area that has now been designated as a Local Nature Reserve (LNR).
Our next video takes you from the Llanymynech Limeworks, through the tunnel under the A483 and up the Welsh incline to the Quarry. Here on the Welsh and English sides are nature reserves run by the Montgomeryshire and Shropshire Wildlife Trusts. In the autumn/winter season the Shropshire Wildlife Trust put livestock in English side of the quarry to to graze the area. This helps the local flora to thrive and will hopefully allow us to see more of the rare pyramidal orchid, for which the area is designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI). You may also be lucky enough to spot Buzzards and our breeding pair of Peregrine Falcons.
The next video is of a short trip on the George Watson Buck, a narrow boat gifted to the Llanymynech Wharf Centre. You can read and see more about the boat on our web site HERE.
Our final video, for now, is a demonstration of Lime Slaking. Quicklime was produced from the kilns, by heating the limestone to 1,000 degrees Centigrade. The high temperatures release carbon dioxide (CO2) from the stone, turning it into calcium oxide (CaO) or quicklime. The compound is mixed (slaked) with water to form slaked lime, which can be used as a plaster or mortar when building and was traditionally spread on the land to reduce the acidity in the soil. It also has many other applications, including food preparation, paper making and sewage treatment to name a few.