Laxey Wheel, Isle of Man

Julia Bradbury visits The Great Laxey Wheel or Lady Isabella (as she is also known) on the Isle of Man when filming for Britain’s Best Walks.

It is the largest working waterwheel in the world.  A brilliant example of Victorian engineering she was built in 1854 to pump water from the Laxey mines. Today a climb to the top is rewarded with panoramic views across the Laxey Valley.

The Great Laxey Wheel is the largest surviving working wheel of its kind in the world.  Designed by the Victorian engineer, Robert Casement, the wheel was built in 1854 to pump water from Glen Mooar part of the ‘Great Laxey Mines’ industrial complex.

The impressive 22m (72.5 feet) diameter structure found immediate popularity and has remained one of the Island’s most dramatic tourist attractions for over 150 years.