Know before you go
Parking informationUse 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.
When to visit
Opening timesOpen at all times
Best time to visitAutumn 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.
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Play Wild rating
Play Wild on the paths but some off path areas are steep and difficult to get around.