This extraordinary place is famous for its amazing wildlife, stunning scenery, and superb walks. From the simple beauty of the Lady's-slipper Orchid to the shining sands of Morecambe Bay, the area is simply awe-inspiring - full of natural spectacles and a surprise around every corner.
The Limeburner & the kiln
There are a number of features in the landscape which link to past industrial activity, particularly associated with quarrying activities. Carboniferous limestone has long been quarried to provide building stone for the construction of cottages and farmsteads, and for agricultural walling.
Locally quarried limestone was also used for mortar, lime-wash and as a soil conditioner after firing in lime kilns. There are 36 known lime kiln sites in the AONB, most of which are substantial limestone-built structures and form significant landscape and industrial heritage features.
These probably fell into disrepair through lack of maintenance when it became cheaper to buy mass-produced lime products, but several of the most notable or accessible kilns were restored or consolidated during the Limestone Heritage Project between 2001 and 2007.