Underhill Farm is just in Shropshire, close to the Powys border. It is near Pant, a short distance from the A483 road between Welshpool and Oswestry. It nestles under the limestone cliff. Steve and Irene Evison run it as an informal venue where families and small groups can relax with nature and learn more about the natural world. You can take your tent and camp there, or use the self-catering accommodation, which includes yurt, tepee and campbarns (large and small) or hire a room for a meeting.
The Evisons offer placements for students under the World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms (WWOOF) scheme, so that they can get experience of working on an organic farm or smallholding.
Irene, her dog Loubie and I walked up onto the limestone, on newly-surfaced paths below the massive cliffs.
The area has been transformed by a £900,00 Heritage Lottery Fund project to create the Llanymynech Limeworks Heritage Area (information here). The industrial past of the massive limeworks has been uncovered and interpreted.
There is a useful and attractively-designed toposcope on a viewpoint with wide views of the Welsh Marches (although it wasn’t clear enough for us to see much).
Offa’s Dyke National Trail winds across the top of the ridge, dividing England and Wales.
Kilns, tunnels and inclines have been uncovered and restored. There is a new underpass for the busy A483 which makes it much easier and safer to explore the workings to the east of the road. These include a Hoffmann kiln with its tall chimney, which was constructed to provide a particularly efficient way of burning lime. You can see pictures of its restoration in 2003 here.
We walked back along the peaceful Montgomery Canal. It was a very pleasant way to spend the afternoon.