Pied flycatcher, Margaret Holland

Pied flycatcher, Margaret Holland

Dipper, Andy Rouse 2020VISION

Dipper, Andy Rouse 2020VISION

Kingfisher and Malcom Brown

Kingfisher and Malcom Brown 

Bluebell, Jim Higham

Bluebell, Jim Higham 

One of the largest oakwoods in the area with an abundance of bird species and rich with the scent of bluebells in the spring.

Location

1 mile south of the centre of Whaley Bridge on the west bank of the River Goyt, near Taxal
Whaley Bridge
Derbyshire
SK23

OS Map Reference

SK 0112 7869
A static map of Hillbridge and Park Wood

Know before you go

Size
10 hectares

Entry fee

No

Parking information

There is a limited amount of parking by Taxal Church. Alternatively, park in the layby on Long Hill and follow the footpath across the stream to the church.

Walking trails

Please note that there is no access into Park Wood.

Access

Please note that there is no access into Park Wood.

Dogs

On a lead

When to visit

Opening times

Open at all times

Best time to visit

Spring for the bluebells and birdsong - autumn for gorgeous autumn colour

About the reserve

Despite its modest size, the upland oakwood on this reserve is one of the largest in the area and several species of woodland birds make their homes here - among them are wood warbler and pied flycatcher, which arrive in summer to breed in the woods. 

In spring, the woodland floor is carpeted with bluebells. Once a common sight, this purple haze is now sadly becoming much less familiar around Britain. The eastern boundary of the reserve is formed by the River Goyt.

Here, you may see the turquoise flash of a kingfisher darting past, or the distinctive brown and white 'bobbing' of a dipper on a rock in the river. Beside the river, the oak trees give way to alders which bend their branches gracefully over the water.

The reserve is also an important site for lichens and bryophytes (mosses), with several rare species occurring on the older trees.

Contact us

Derbyshire Wildlife Trust
Contact number: 01773 881188