Annesley Woodhouse Quarry
The site sits on an outcrop of Magnesian Limestone that only breaks the surface on a handful of sites across the country. The limestone strip was formed 260-285million years ago in the then Zeichstein Sea, when the UK was in sub tropical latitudes and it spanned as far as modern day Poland.
Know before you go
Entry feeAccess by permit only
Parking informationParking for a small number of vehicles can be found in a lay-by near the south western corner of the reserve (SK487532).
Grazing animalsOn occasion there are grazing animals present. Signs will be put up on gates and entrances as and when they are present. Usually Hebridean sheep conservation graze the site. Please keep dogs on a lead at all times when the sheep are on site and away from the livestock.
If you have a permit, two stiles can be used for access to the reserve, the first being on Salmon Lane, on the south western corner of the reserve. The second stile is on the north-eastern corner of the reserve located on a public right of way from Annesley Woodhouse.
When to visit
Opening timesAccess by permit only
Best time to visitApril to August
About the reserve
This site is one of the country's finest remaining areas of unimproved Magnesian Limestone grassland and interesting plant species include rockrose, bee orchid and common spotted orchid. A range of birds breed on the site, including willow warbler and redpoll. There is also a wide range of invertebrates, including butterflies.