Lock Lane Ash Tip
Know before you go
Parking informationPark on Lock Lane, near the level crossing
Permit required, please contact the Trust.
When to visit
Opening timesOpen at all times - permit required, give us a call
Best time to visitSummer for moths and butterflies and wild flowers
About the reserve
Once used as a tip for ash from the railways, Lock Lane now provides a valuable habitat for a variety of wildlife.
While the ash is a harsh medium that many plants can not tolerate, several species flourish here, among them thyme-leaved sandwort and small toadflax.
More than 200 species of moth have been recorded here, as well as 16 species of butterfly, including the small heath and gatekeeper.
In addition to the areas of ash, the waste deposited here has created areas of limestone. As a result there are several plant species more commonly seen in the limestone dales further north, such as viper's bugloss.