Know before you go
Parking informationPark at High Peak Junction car park and walk in via Cromford Canal at the Aqueduct Cottage ruin
The are various trails around the woodland, they are rough and typical woodland floor - be aware of steep slopes.
Please note that some paths are steep and slippery.
When to visit
Opening timesOpen at all times
Best time to visitSpring for wild daffodils and bluebells and autumn for 96 types of fungi!
About the reserve
At the end of June 2012 Derbyshire Wildlife Trust was gifted Lea Wood by the Lea Wood Trust.
The wood is one of the best examples of ancient woodland in the area. Wild daffodils and bluebells flower here, while heather and bilberry grow on the upper slopes.
Among its varied birds are several that are declining in numbers, including pied flycatcher which regularly breed in the wood, lesser spotted woodpeckers and spotted flycatchers.
The open upper slopes are a good place to look for the spectacular mounds of the northern wood ant, while at least 25 priority moth species listed in the UK Biodiversity Action Plan have been recorded, including September thorn and small phoenix.
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