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Hopton Quarry

An important example of how wildlife can recolonise limestone quarry workings

Hopton Quarry is a good example of how wildlife can recolonise limestone quarry workings. The reserve is made up of three quarries supporting a rich variety of wildflowers and habitat that are both locally and nationally important. On the flat quarry floors a rich diversity of limestone plants have started to grow. From late spring through to summer this is a wonderful place to search for orchids. Among the many species that grow here are both the uncommon fly orchid and frog orchid, as well as fragrant orchid and common spotted orchid. Along the margins of the quarries scrub has invaded and in places woodland is well established, encouraging more shade-tolerant species including broad-leaved helleborine and common twayblade.


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Nearby nature reserves

Gang Mine
2 miles - Derbyshire Wildlife Trust
Rose End Meadows
2 miles - Derbyshire Wildlife Trust
Hoe Grange Quarry
2 miles - Derbyshire Wildlife Trust

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Reserve information

Just south of the A5012 Newhaven to Cromford road junction with the B5023 road to Middleton-by-Wirksworth.
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8.00 hectares
Permit required

Permit required, please contact the Trust.
Walking information
Please take care as all paths can be slippery.
Travel up the Via Gellia from Cromford and turn left towards Hopton. Parking is 250m up on the right. Cross the road and climb the steep steps.
Dogs must be on lead
Reserve manager
Derbyshire Wildlife Trust
Tel: 01773 881188