Our visitors are sometimes surprised by the number of important reminders of the industrial heritage in and around Oswestry. Thomas Telford certainly left his mark on the Borderlands and, with two Unesco world Heritage sites at Pontcysyllte and Ironbridge, your visit could concentrate solely on his legacy.
But other events shaped our history too and the railways played an important part in those. A day out discovering our railway heritage will take you from The Cambrian Railways in Oswestry and Llynclys down to Llangollen for some steam nostalgia and then over to the hidden Tanat Valley Light Railway where the line goes through some of the prettiest scenery teeming with wild life. Take a trip through the beautiful Powys countryside as you steam from Welshpool to Llanfaer Caerinion and back again.
The restored Hoffman Lime Kiln at Llanymynech is one of only 3 in the country and its location on the Montgomery Canal can help you begin your exploration of the canals that brought so much prosperity to the region.
Transport takes many forms and the diversity here is second to none, check the calendar for steam rallys and vintage motors. Then onto the most sedate form of transport as you are pulled along the canal by horse right to its source at the Horse Shoe Falls. Slowly across the “stream in the sky’ by narrow boat is another trip not to be missed while you are in the Borderlands.
Why not visit The British Ironworks too? It’s a great opportunity to see a working blacksmith and then explore the sculpture park of weird and wonderful metal creations.
Cambrian Heritage Railways – visit us on 2 sites, one in the centre of Oswestry and one at Llynclys. trains most weekends throughout the summer.