1.1 Coal & Transport

This project aims to improve access and interpretation to tell the story of transport networks that connected the mining sites from the 19th century to present.

Tackling important and little known coal mining remains in Pontesbury and Minsterley with:

  • Sensitive improvements and protection of a threatened site, with better access for walkers
  • Walks and cycle routes connecting historic with wildlife sites
  • Telling the mining story of coal, barytes and lead connected to the whole area

Opportunities for local involvement and contribution through:

  • Conservation building skills as part of the training programme
  • Discovering local community history and its links with the bigger story of mining in the area
  • Researching and helping design new cycling, walking and riding routes around the historic and wildlife sites of the local hills

For more information please contact Joe Penfold.

Project Update:

by Nathan Dimbylow

1784 Pontesford Engine House – The engine house is one of the few remaining coal-fired engine houses of its kind.  The work to preserve this nationally-significant Scheduled Ancient Monument was completed in January 2017, with funding from Historic England.  There is no public access to this site. Follow the link for more information https://historicengland.org.uk/listing/the-list/list-entry/1018467


Follow the links below to download six walks around Pontesbury and Minsterley:

Green Walk – A circular walk between Minsterley and Pontesbury, 4.5 miles

Yellow Walk – A gentle walk through Poles Coppice, from Minsterley, 3.5 miles

Blue Walk– A walk along the banks of the Rea Brook to Pontesford Brook and onto the beautiful Lyd Holes waterfall, 4.5 miles

Orange Walk – A walk around Earl’s Hill and down Happy Valley, 5 miles

Red Walk – A walk past the relics of the area’s mining history, 4.5 miles

Bagley Walk – A 10 mile (with shortcuts) hike over hills and fields and through valleys and woods.