Know before you go
Access by foot only from Abney and Brough.
Access by foot only from Abney and Brough. Map shows entrance point if walking from Abney - cross over the stile in the drystone wall.
When to visit
Opening timesOpen at all times
Best time to visitSummer for far reaching views, skylarks and meadow pipits
About the reserve
Rising to heights of 1,000 to 1,250 feet, this area of upland pasture has a variety of habitats.
From fairly level grazing land on the western side, the terrain changes to a steep-sided valley with a ten foot high waterfall and then to a less dramatic valley, with a stream that is often hidden under the turf.
This variety is reflected in the range of plant species on the reserve. There are many sedges, mosses, ferns and lichens growing here, while the bracken on the steep valley sides provides shelter for many woodland plants, including wood sorrel and foxglove.
The acid heath on the eastern side provides a habitat for heather, crowberry and gorse. Among the bird species that have been recorded on the reserve are meadow pipit, skylark, whinchat, wheatear and curlew.