Chase shadows in the Tar Tunnel

Ironbridge Gorge, Shropshire

Dare you walk the tar tunnel where a black treacle-like substance oozes from the brick walls? Don a hard hat and go underground.

Treacle-like black bitumen is still oozing through the walls and welling up in puddles in the Tar Tunnel in Gorge. Miners digging in 1787 struck a spring of natural bitumen which has seeped out of the walls ever since. If you crouch you can peer down inside miniature caverns and see the thick tranquil pools of liquid tar.

You can experience first-hand how the early industrialists overcame natural obstacles. Take a look at the extraordinary Hay Inclined Plane, a nifty invention designed in the early 1790s to move tub boats between the Shropshire canal at the top of the hill and the Coalport canal at the bottom.

From there you can explore Coalport China Museum, take a walk alongside the picturesque Shropshire Canal and enjoy superb home-cooked food and local ales at a country inn or tea room.

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