Rose End Meadows, Roy Smith

Rose End Meadows, Roy Smith

Great crested newt, The Wildlife Trusts

Great crested newt, The Wildlife Trusts 

Bluebell, Jim Higham

Bluebell, Jim Higham 

Common blue, Amy Lewis

Common blue, Amy Lewis 

Sixteen small meadows, never treated with artificial fertiliser or herbicide. They create a vivid picture of how Derbyshire’s limestone farmland looked around a hundred years ago. The reserve is full of wild flowers through spring and summer, from buttercups and bluebells to orchids and great burnet.

Location

St Mark’s Close entrance,
Just off Cromford Hill,
Cromford
Matlock
Derbyshire
DE4 3QD

OS Map Reference

SK 2923 5659
A static map of Rose End Meadows

Know before you go

Size
18 hectares

Entry fee

No

Parking information

Limited parking on St Mark’s Close, DE4 3QD

Bicycle parking

No

Grazing animals

Yes

Access

Two public footpaths off Cromford Hill give access to the southern end of the reserve. They cross the site to reach Alabaster Lane, at the northern end of the reserve. Visitors are encouraged to remain on the footpaths to protect the fragile wildlife and because the site is honeycombed with old mine shafts

Dogs

On a lead

When to visit

Opening times

Open at all times

Best time to visit

Spring for bluebells and summer for meadows bursting with wild flowers

About the reserve

This reserve is made up of 16 small fields, none of which has ever been treated with artificial fertiliser or herbicide, making them extremely special.

Each meadow is different because of varying soil quality and depth but together they show how Derbyshire's limestone farmland would have looked around a hundred years ago. In spring and early summer, the meadows are a vivid mixture of yellow, white and blue, because of the wide variety of wildflowers - among them are buttercups, cowslips, cow parsley, bugle and wood anemone.

Bluebells flourish in the woodland and larger meadow in the north east part of the reserve. The main period for orchids is midsummer - among the species found here are pyramidal, bee and common spotted orchids. They share the meadows with other wild flowers, including knapweed, betony and great burnet. The abundance of flowers attracts large numbers of insects, especially bees and butterflies, including the brown argus butterfly.

For birdwatchers there is plenty to see all year round, including greenfinch, mistle thrush, chaffinch, goldfinch and nuthatch, but the main attraction is the winter visits of the hawfinch. Among the fields are several old lead spoil heaps, a legacy of the area's lead mining past. Here you will find spring sandwort and alpine pennycress, both nationally important wild flowers.

The two dewponds were traditionally used for cattle but are now fenced and provide an important refuge for the great crested newt.

Contact us

Derbyshire Wildlife Trust
Contact number: 01773 881188

Environmental designation

Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI)