Brockholes Wood

Brockholes Wood, Derbyshire Wildlife Trust

Brockholes Wood, Derbyshire Wildlife Trust 

One of few remaining areas of upland oak woodland, with moorland.


On the outskirts of Crowden
SK13 1HZ

OS Map Reference

SK 0717 9966
A static map of Brockholes Wood

Know before you go

9 hectares

Entry fee


Parking information

Use the car park near the Crowden Youth Hostel off the A628


Due to the distance from the nearest parking area and the rough nature of the paths which lead to the reserve it is only recommended for those with reasonable mobility. There is also a steep slope which runs up to the main reserve gate.


On a lead

When to visit

Opening times

Open at all times

Best time to visit

Autumn for autumn colour and heather - Spring for birds and mountain hare

About the reserve

In the far north of Derbyshire, the moorland and gritstone edges were once covered with sessile oak woodland.

Much of this has now been cleared, but pockets remain as here at Brockholes Wood. The woodland lies mostly downhill of a quarry and also contains hairy birch and rowan, the berries providing food for mistle thrushes, blackbirds and fieldfare in autumn.

Many other birds enjoy the cover of the woodland - these include tree pipit, wren, willow warbler, redstart and blue tit. Above the quarry there are fewer trees, and here you will find typical moorland plants such as heather, bilberry, wavy hair grass and purple moor grass.

Contact us

Derbyshire Wildlife Trust
Contact number: 01773 881188

Environmental designation

Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI)