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Peak District – Nature Reserves

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National Nature Reserves in the Peak District

English Heritage has three National Nature Reserves in the Peak District, to be enjoyed to the full you must be prepared to do an amount of walking but the rewards are worth it.

Dove Dale NNR An iconic part of the Peak District National Park though most of the visitors do not venture much further than the stepping stone from the southern car park the short steep climb soon after puts people off and yet after this the path is reasonably flat and the walk through the valley is well worth the effort, a wide variety of bird and plant life. In season the wild orchids make a show on the hillside. There are a number of entry points for families with young children I would recommend the southern entrance (car park and facilities, river walk, stepping stones).
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Kinder Scout NNR 700 hectare of bog and moor in the heart of the Dark Pear area of the Peak District National Park. This is a favourite of many walkers and bird watchers. It was the site of the mass trespass in 1932 as part of the campaign for access to the countryside. A good walk and climb the most popularly approach by walkers is from or from Hayfield up William Clough or from Edale village taking Grindsbrook, or by Jacob’s Ladder and on to Kinder Low.
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Lathkill Dale NNR – The reserve actually covers five dales and it epitomises the geology of the Southern (White) Peak area, limestone cliffs, steep sided valleys, clear streams and an abundance of birds, animals and plants. Wild orchids and Jacob’s Ladder both introduce some colour in to the valley when in flower. Lathkill Dale is known for it’s Dippers that set up their territories along the river.


There are a number of local nature reserves managed by Derbyshire Wildlife Trust –

In the North of the Peak District (Dark Peak)

Brockholes Wood SSSI – Upland oak woodland with moorland – north west of Glossop – see

Long Clough – On the southern outskirts of Glossop, varied habitat – see

Watford Lodge LNR – North of New Mills, alongside the River Sett (wheelchair and pushchair friendly. River, marsh, wetland and grassland – bird and animal life. see

Ladybower Wood SSSI – One of few remaining examples of upland oak wood in the Peak District – see

Overdale – Upland pasture with a variety of habitats – see

In the South of the Peak District (White Peak)

Hartington Meadows – Wild flowers and birdlife. – see

Rowsley Sidings – Wetland habitat formed on old railway sidings by natural springs – see

Gang Mine SSSI – (Wirksworth) Rare plants tolerant of lead as this is an old lead mining area – see

Carsington Water – Large reservoir with lots of bird life, RSPB reserve – it has a visitor centre and facilities (Severn Trent Water) see – and

Cromford Canal SSSI – Cromford Canal is now an SSSI for its entire length from Cromford Wharf to Ambergate ( part accessible for wheelchairs and buggies) – see

Coombes Valley – An RSPB Reserve – An Oak wooded valley, it has a visitor centre and facilities and lovely walks (see the walks page)

The Wye Valley has the following three sites within a short distance

Chee Dale LNR – Riverside path, woods and grassland – many paths including the Monsal Trail (surfaced path suitable for wheelchairs and buggies for a distance from Millers Dale Station car park) – see

Priestcliffe Lees SSSI – High above the Wye at Millers Dale – wild flower are its speciality. A good climb from the Monsal Trail or approach from Priestcliffe Lees – see

Cramside Wood SSSI – Take the river path between Cressbrook and Litton Mill (can be very muddy) to find these Ash woodlands – see



National Nature Reserves in the Peak District , Dark Peak Nature Reserves , White Peak Nature Reserves

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