Bluebell, Jim Higham

Bluebell, Jim Higham 

Tawny owl, Margaret Holland

Tawny owl, Margaret Holland

Dramatic scenery created by steep valley sides and exposed rock faces - it's a great place to see woodland wild flowers including bluebells and orchids.

Location

1 mile east of Clowne, off the A616
Clowne
Derbyshire

OS Map Reference

SK 512 7531
A static map of Hollinhill and Markland Grips

Know before you go

Size
20 hectares

Entry fee

No

Parking information

Park on A5004 Long Hill and walk in

Access

There are some steep slopes so care is needed. 

Dogs

On a lead

When to visit

Opening times

Open at all times

Best time to visit

Spring 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.

Contact us

Derbyshire Wildlife Trust
Contact number: 01773 881188