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Derwentside

A mixture of rough meadow and woodland where wild daffodils flourish

The highlight of this reserve is its wild daffodils, which border the footpath from the Homesford Works in spring. They are probably part of a very ancient population, which was once much larger. The wood where they flourish is also host to a variety of plants - you can see many of these from the towpath. Look for honeysuckle, wild garlic, guelder rose and yellow archangel. The plants attract a variety of insects and the many nettles that grow in the old sewage beds provide food for butterflies such as small tortoiseshell, comma, peacock and red admiral. The banded Agrion damselfly hunts along the canal, but its breeding habitat is the river.

Species and habitats

Habitats
Grassland, Woodland

Nearby nature reserves

Lea Wood
0 miles - Derbyshire Wildlife Trust
Rose End Meadows
2 miles - Derbyshire Wildlife Trust
Gang Mine
2 miles - Derbyshire Wildlife Trust

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Reserve information

Location
Next to the Cromford Canal, alongside the A6, 1.5 miles south of Cromford.
Matlock
Derbyshire
Map reference
SK 316 556
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Opening Times
Open at all times
Size
7.00 hectares
Access
Although not accessible the site is viewable from the Cromford Canal, however access to the northern section of the canal is difficult and the nearest parking is over half a mile from the reserve and may not be suitable for wheelchair access.
Walking information
A public footpath crosses the reserve near Homesford Works, otherwise there is no access. The canal tow path is relatively even; no fencing occurs along the edge of the canal so care should be taken.
Parking
Park at High Peak Junction and follow the canal towpath west.
Dogs
Dogs must be on lead
Reserve manager
Derbyshire Wildlife Trust
Tel: 01773 881188
enquiries@derbyshirewt.co.uk