Upland pasture with a range of heights

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.


Play Wild Rating:

 Very steep valleys won't be suitable for small children.

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Species and habitats

Heathland, Upland
Meadow Pipit, Skylark, Wheatear, Curlew

Nearby nature reserves

Hadfields Quarry
2 miles - Derbyshire Wildlife Trust
Ladybower Wood
4 miles - Derbyshire Wildlife Trust
Cramside Wood
5 miles - Derbyshire Wildlife Trust

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Reserve information

South of Hope Valley
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17.00 hectares
Access by foot only from Abney and Brough. Map shows entrance point if walking from Abney - cross over the stile in the drystone wall.
Walking information
Access by foot only from Abney and Brough.
Dogs must be on lead
Reserve manager
Derbyshire Wildlife Trust
Tel: 01773 881188