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Hollinhill and Markland Grips

Dramatic scenery created by steep valley sides and exposed rock faces

Steep, wooded valley sides and exposed cliff-like rock faces create dramatic scenery at Hollinhill and Markland Grips. Several tree species grow here - from yew clinging to the cliff edge, to hazel coppice on the flat tops. Expect to see many familiar woodland flowers, including wood anemone, bluebell and dog's mercury. Growing in the hazel coppice are colonies of bee orchid. The woodland is a popular haunt for birds, with many breeding here. They include tawny owl, great spotted woodpecker and treecreeper. In summer, Markland Grips is alive with wildflowers, with the grazed grassland supporting a rich variety of plants, including self heal, agrimony and bird's foot trefoil. Alongside these are unmanaged areas of vegetation, ideal for hairy willowherb, cow parsley and bugle.

The marker on the map below shows the entrance to Hollinhill Grips; for Markland Grips continue down the lane (from the A616) and turn on to a footpath before the farm.


Play Wild rating:

 Wildlife may be sensitive at certain times of year.

To find out more about our Play Wild programme see here

Species and habitats

Grassland, Woodland

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Carr Vale Flash
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Duckmanton Railway Cutting
6 miles - Derbyshire Wildlife Trust

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Reserve information

1 mile east of Clowne, off the A616
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20.00 hectares
Park on Hazelmere road, just north of Hazel mere farm and follow the footpath to Upper Mill Farm, for Markland Grips turn left on to a footpath just after the farm. For Hollinhill Grips carry on a bit further and take the next footpath on your left.
Dogs must be on lead
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Derbyshire Wildlife Trust
Tel: 01773 881188