Know before you go
Parking informationHartington Station car park, SK17 0AZ on the Tissington Trail
Bicycle parkingYes - Hartington Station car park, SK17 0AZ
Because of the dangerous state of its faces, there is no access to the quarry.
When to visit
Opening timesOpen at all times
Best time to visitSummer for orchids, wild flowers and plenty of insects
About the reserve
Hartington Meadows is bursting with the colour of wild flowers through the summer.
The grassland is managed as part of a working farm, and is cut for hay in mid-July - this encourages meadow flowers such as hay rattle and meadow vetchling. Different flowers grow on the rock outcrops - among them are clustered bellflower and dropwort.
The rough grassland also provides breeding sites for skylark and ground-nesting birds. Various orchids and other limestone flowers thrive in and around the disused limestone quarry, while its faces provide breeding sites for cliff-nesting birds such as kestrel and jackdaw.
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Play Wild rating
Play Wild other than between April and late June and avoid the quarries.