Deep Dale, Derbyshire Wildlife Trust

Deep Dale, Derbyshire Wildlife Trust 

A spectacular dale where you can admire the abundance of wild flowers. Part of a string of nature reserves along the Monsal Trail in the Wye Valley.

Location

4km east of Buxton,

Park in the Wye Dale car park, SK17 9TE
Buxton
Derbyshire
SK17 9TE

OS Map Reference

SK 1045 7206
A static map of Deep Dale and Topley Pike

Know before you go

Size
16 hectares

Entry fee

No

Parking information

The Wye Dale car park (pay and display) is on the A6 - follow the path to the northern entrance to the reserve (SK 104721). Parking in King Sterndale village gives access to the centre and south of the reserve.

Walking trails

If parking in the Wye Dale car park: caution must be taken when crossing this busy road; the reserve is a long walk from the quarry entrance along a fenced public footpath. At five locations there are stiles into the reserve from neighbouring dales (Chelmorton, King Sterndale and Horseshoe dale) - these stiles are on top or at the bottom of steep slopes.

Access

Unsuitable for wheelchairs or those with mobility issues due to uneven paths, steep slopes, stiles and steps.

Dogs

On a lead

When to visit

Opening times

Open at all times

Best time to visit

Spring and summer for wild flowers and insects - Look for the deep pink blooms of bloody crane’s-bill and take a peek in the cave.

About the reserve

Deep Dale is a superb example of a typical Peak District dry limestone dale.

From the depths of the valley bottom to the heights of the plateau, through deep and shaded sections to areas exposed to the full mid-day sun, the range of conditions here is reflected in the diversity of species you can expect to see.

Rock exposures and screes support yet more vegetation, while small areas of woodland cling on to the cliff edges and hazel is found on some of the slopes and scree edges. Among the many plants to look for are the deep pink blooms of bloody crane's bill and the violet-blue of clustered bellflower on the steep upper slopes.

The screes are a good place to look for the delicate limestone fern, while Nottingham catchfly grows on the shallow soils above the rocky outcrops. Among the many invertebrates found here is the cistus forester moth; the larvae of this nationally scarce species feed on rock rose, which grows on the thin soils of the daleside.

Contact us

Derbyshire Wildlife Trust
Contact number: 01773 881188

Environmental designation

Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI)