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Caen Hill Locks

Rowde, Devizes, Wiltshire, SN10 1QR.
Tel: 00.

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This flight of 16 locks may be the most impressive anywhere on the UK's waterways. They were engineer John Rennie's solution to climbing the very steep…

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Trevithick Trail

From Merthyr Tydfil, to Abercynon, Merthyr Tydfil, .
Tel: 01685 727 474.

Explore the ‘Trevithick Trail’ that includes the ‘Trevithick Tunnel’, and enjoy a walk through history surrounded by nature’s beauty as it nestles…

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Tawe River Navigation Heritage Trail

Oystermouth Road, Swansea, Swansea, .
Tel: 07785 347 549.

Starts at the ‘National Waterfront Museum’, which is best arrived at by using the Park & Ride service to the city centre. With so much to see among…

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Swannington Incline

Main Street, Swannington, Coalville, Leicestershire, LE67 8QN.
Tel: 0000.

Part of the Leicester & Swannington Railway, one of England's first, built by Robert Stephenson to carry coal. An engine house at the top housed an engine…

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Sedgwick Gunpowder Works

Low Park Wood Caravan Site, Sedgwick, Cumbria, LA8 8AD.
Tel: 00.

Operated from 1857 until 1935. Includes the remains of buildings, mill races, leats and curious earthworks abound. Six incorporating mills, all of which…

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Ram Hill Colliery

Ram Hill, Coalpit Heath, Gloucestershire, BS36 2TY.
Tel: 0000.

This historically important site is a Scheduled Ancient Monument under the control of English Heritage, which has been largely cleared of vegetation by…

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Rockley Furnace & Engine House

Rockley Lane, Nr Birdwell, Yorkshire, .
Tel: 0000.

The furnace was built around 1700 to smelt the local iron ore. The engine house once housed a Newcomen type pumping engine that kept the iron mine dry.…

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Pontcysyllte Aqueduct

Llangollen Canal, Trevor, Denbighshire/Sir Ddinbych, LL20 7YG.
Tel: 01978 292 015.

Built by Thomas Telford and William Jessop, it is 307m (1,007ft) long, 3-4m (11ft) wide and 1.6m (5.25ft) deep. It is a navigable aqueduct that carries…

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Pont y Cafnau

Cyfarthfa, Merthyr Tydfil, Merthyr Tydfil, .
Tel: 01685 727 474.

Located just below the confluence of the Afon Taf Fawr and the Afon Taf Fechan rivers, it is now used as a public footpath. This cast iron aqueduct (1793),…

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Phillip’s Harbour (Harrow Harbour)

Pentland Firth coast, Mey, Sutherland, .
Tel: 0000.

On the road sign it’s called Harrow Harbour. It is easy to jump to the conclusion that when Phillip's Harbour was built in the early 1800s it was primarily…

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Penderyn Quarry Line

Penyard Road, Hirwaun, Rhondda Cynon Taff, .
Tel: 01874 623 366.

The line dates from the mid-1780s when a horse-drawn tramway was built on a gentle gradient. The horses hauled trams from the quarry to the blast furnaces…

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Park Bridge Ironworks

Park Bridge, Ashton-under-Lyne, Greater Manchester, OL6 8AQ.
Tel: 0161 330 9613.

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For nearly 200 years, this was a thriving family business. Hundreds of people were employed here and its iron and steel were exported around the world.…

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Oare Gunpowder Works Country Park

Off Bysing Wood Road, Faversham, Kent, ME13 7UD.
Tel: 03000 422 997.

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Once one of the main gunpowder factories in the South East, the park is one of the best places to discover history of gunpowder manufacturing in a tranquil…

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Minera Lead Mines

Wern Road, Minera, Wrexham, Wrexham, LL11 3DU.
Tel: 01978 297 460.

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Substantial remains of former lead mines and processing works, much of which has been restored on conserved. Cornish engine house. Located in Minera Country…

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Melingriffith Water Pump

Ty Mawr Road, Whitchurch, Cardiff, Cardiff, CF14 2BH.
Tel: 029 2044 5900.

A ‘water lift engine’, the only one left in the world. Installed in the 1790s to a design by Jessop & Rennie, it lifted water from the tailrace exiting…

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Kennall Vale Gunpowder Mills

Kennall Vale Nature Reserve, Nr Ponsanooth, Cornwall, .
Tel: 01872 273 939.

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A site of great historical interest having a wealth of industrial archaeological features. A great producer of gunpowder for the mining industry from 1812…

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Greenside Lime Kiln

Greenside, Kendal, Cumbria, .
Tel: 00.

Preserved in 2009 and designated a Scheduled Ancient Monument. Saved from dereliction to become an enduring link between the lime burning industry and…

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Dylife Lead Mines

Off B4518, Machynlleth, Dylife, Powys, .
Tel: 00.

A large complex with a spectacular waterwheel installed called Rhod Goch or Red Wheel, it had a diameter of 63ft and a width of 31/2ft it was one of the…

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Darkhill Ironworks

Parkend Road, Coleford, Gloucester, Gloucestershire, GL16 7LX.
Tel: 0000.

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It is an internationally important industrial remains associated with the development of the iron and steel industries, started by David Mushet around…

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Cyfarthfa Iron & Steelworks

Off Swansea Road, Merthyr Tydfil, Merthyr Tydfil, .
Tel: 01685 727 371.

The impressive remains that can still be seen are of the six massive blast furnaces. A large brick arch, which is still standing, was built to bridge the…

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Cobb’s Engine House

Nr Windmill End Junction, Warren's Hall Local Nature Reserve, Rowley Regis, West Midlands, DY2 9HU .
Tel: 0303 040 4040.

(Properly known as Windmill End Pumping Station), and is a scheduled ancient monument and a Grade II Listed building built around 1831. It housed a stationary…

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Causey Arch

Causey Arch, Stanley, Co. Durham, NE16 5EG.
Tel: 0191 372 9100.

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Built in 1726, this is the world’s oldest surviving railway bridge. This impressive arch, 80ft in height and with a span of 100ft, once carried a horse-drawn…

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Chirk Aqueduct

Off Castle Road, Chirk, Wrexham, LL14 5BS.
Tel: 0000.

21m (70ft) high and 220m (710ft) long aqueduct that carries the Llangollen Canal across the Ceiriog Valley and which marks the border between Wales and…

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