Know before you go
Parking informationVery limited parking on the hill just off the Via Gellia
Please take care as all paths can be slippery.
Permit required, please contact the Trust.
When to visit
Opening timesOpen at all times
Best time to visitSummer for wild flowers, orchids and butterflies
About the reserve
Hopton Quarry is a good example of how wildlife can recolonise limestone quarry workings.
The reserve is made up of three quarries supporting a rich variety of wild flowers and habitat that are both locally and nationally important. On the flat quarry floors a rich diversity of limestone plants have started to grow.
From late spring through to summer this is a wonderful place to search for orchids. Among the many species that grow here are both the uncommon fly orchid and frog orchid, as well as fragrant orchid and common spotted orchid.
Along the margins of the quarries scrub has invaded and in places woodland is well established, encouraging more shade-tolerant species including broad-leaved helleborine and common twayblade.
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