Know before you go
Parking informationPark at High Peak Junction and follow the canal towpath west. DE4 5HN
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.
Although not accessible the site is viewable from the Cromford Canal.
When to visit
Opening timesOpen at all times
Best time to visitSpring to peek at the wild daffodils and hear the woodland birds - autumn for true autumn colour
About the reserve
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.
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No access to reserve.