Saturday, June 23, 2012

Llanymynech Rocks Nature Reserve & The Lime Kilms

Recently on a lovely warm sunny day Simon and I headed for a walk with the dogs to :

Llanymynech Rocks Nature Reserve

With spectacular old quarries with cliffs towering over the village. The site was designated a nature reserve more than 30 years ago, shared between the Shropshire and Montgomeryshire Wildlife Trusts.
Today, much of it is woodland, with ash trees twined in wild clematis, or old man's beard, as it is also known, on account of the smoky wreaths of seed-heads that turn bushes and trees frosty white here in autumn. But the greatest botanical treasures are found in the short, calcareous grassland and old spoil heaps directly beneath the cliff.
Bee and pyramidal orchids grow here, along with the bright yellow rock-rose and a whole herb garden of aromatic plants - thyme, marjoram and wild basil.

There is a 3 mile circular walk from the official  car park off the A483. The walk takes you passed the cliff face down the old mining tracks onto  the Hoffman Kiln. Taking the track to the side of the Kiln you then cross the field before turning left onto the canal tow path. As you reach the boarder between Pant and Llanymynech  you walk along the lanes before heading back to the car park to find your car.
This walk is very  relaxing and peaceful and not strenuous at all. We saw many signs of nature throughout our walk, including beautiful glowing dragon flies. Simon and I  managed to get some lovely photographs of these pretty insects as they settled on the near by bushes.
We both had a lovely time, as did our dogs. Below are some of the photographs we took which tell the story of our recent walk.

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