Hoe Grange Quarry

Hoe Grange Quarry, Julia Gow

Hoe Grange Quarry, Julia Gow 

Common blue butterfly, Vicky Nall

Common blue butterfly, Vicky Nall

Peacock butterfly, Janet Packham Photography

Peacock butterfly, Janet Packham Photography

A disused limestone quarry of particular interest for butterflies - in fact 24 species of butterfly have already been recorded here!


Nr Haven Hoe Farm, Longcliffe

OS Map Reference

SK 2242 5626
A static map of Hoe Grange Quarry

Know before you go

5 hectares

Entry fee




There is a stile at the entrance to get into this reserve. 


No dogs permitted
except for assistance dogs

When to visit

Opening times

Open at all times

Best time to visit

A long warm summers day to count the butterflies and admire the wild flowers

About the reserve

This disused limestone quarry is owned by Longcliffe Quarries.  

The site has not been worked since the 1970s which means that nature has had plenty of time to develop. For a site of just short of 5 hectares it packs in a good mix of habitats.

As you would expect there are still areas of bare ground which provide an ideal place for insects to sunbathe. Surrounding these is beautiful flower rich short limestone grassland whilst at the fringes of the quarry is taller grass and woodland. There is even a disused dew pond which we hope to restore in time.

The quarry is particularly of interest because of the number of diversity of butterflies which occur here. Volunteers from Butterfly Conservation Trust have been walking a weekly transect at Hoe Grange for a few years and their results are fantastic, they have recorded a total of 24 different species of butterfly.

We are working closely with Butterfly Conservation Trust to ensure that the site is managed in the best way as a future haven for butterflies.

Butterflies recorded at Hoe Grange Quarry: 1. Small Skipper 2. Essex Skipper 3. Large Skipper 4. Dingy Skipper (BAP) 5. Large White 6. Small White 7. Green Veined White 8. Orange-tip 9. Small Copper 10. Brown Argus (Peak District Race) 11. Common Blue 12. Red Admiral 13 Painted Lady 14. Small Tortoiseshell 15. Peacock 16. Comma 17. Dark Green Fritillary 18. Speckled Wood 19. Wall Brown (BAP) 20. Gatekeeper 21. Meadow Brown 22. Ringlet 23. Small Heath (BAP)