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Llanymynech 1 Crossing over Llanymynech is all about crossing borders, but you donít need your passport! The imposing limestone cliffs you see here were made at a time some 360 million years ago when Shropshire was crossing the Equator.

As you can imagine this would have been a warm place to be, but the huge continent that had dominated the last 100 million years has been worn completely away and the sea has once more covered us.

This warm shallow sea was home to some fantastic creatures. Giant brachiopods as big as your fist, corals and sea lilies all thrived in these tropical waters. Their fossilised remains can be found in the many spoil heaps left from the quarrying.

Llnaymynech 2Limestone was quarried here for centuries. It is an important resource used in agriculture and construction. You can still see the remains of the limekilns and railway lines left over from its industrial heyday.

Not only can you cross the Equator, you can cross the border between England and Wales as the nature reserve straddles the two countries.

You should allow approximately 2 hours to walk through the nature reserve. Please keep to the footpaths and donít stray too close to the quarry faces as there is a slight risk of falling rocks. If you do want to get close to the faces you should wear a hard hat. On the Welsh side of the reserve there is a large and very deep hole in the ground so you should keep children and dogs away from that area.

Please donít hammer at the rock faces directly and keep your fossil collecting to a minimum so that future visitors can enjoy the reserve too. Please give any rock climbers a wide berth for your own safety.


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