Hollinhill and Markland Grips
Know before you go
Parking information1 mile east of Clowne, off the A616 How to get there: Park in the layby on the A616 and follow the track through the farm gate onto the public footpath, through the eastern section of Markland Grips. Post code S80 4HP. Grid Reference SK512754.
There are some steep slopes so care is needed.
When to visit
Opening timesOpen at all times
Best time to visitSpring for woodland bluebells and wood anemone
About the reserve
Steep, wooded valley sides and exposed cliff-like rock faces create dramatic scenery at Hollinhill and Markland Grips.
Several tree species grow here - from yew clinging to the cliff edge, to hazel coppice on the flat tops. Expect to see many familiar woodland flowers, including wood anemone, bluebell and dog's mercury.
Growing in the hazel coppice are colonies of bee orchid. The woodland is a popular haunt for birds, with many breeding here. They include tawny owl, great spotted woodpecker and treecreeper. In summer, Markland Grips is alive with wildflowers, with the grazed grassland supporting a rich variety of plants, including self heal, agrimony and bird's foot trefoil.
Alongside these are unmanaged areas of vegetation, ideal for hairy willowherb, cow parsley and bugle. The marker on the map below shows the entrance to Hollinhill Grips; for Markland Grips continue down the lane (from the A616) and turn on to a footpath before the farm.
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Play Wild rating
Wildlife may be sensitive at certain times of year.