Know before you go
Entry feeFree access
Parking informationThere is no designated parking.
Grazing animalsThere are grazing animals that are Hebridean sheep. Visitors are asked to stay on the paths and not go into the grazing areas.
Access is via a gate on the private road leading from Rainworth village to Rufford Colliery at SK593591. If using SatNav enter NG21 0HR and follow the preceding instructions. Visitors are asked not park on the private road. There is limited wheelchair access but no stiles.
Access to the reserve is open at all times. Contact the Trust for more information.
When to visit
Opening timesOpen at all times
Best time to visitApril - July
About the reserve
Once a common habitat on the sandstone areas of Nottinghamshire, this reserve is one of the last remaining areas of heathland in the county. The site is notable for having areas of both dry and wet heath. Bird species to be seen include green woodpecker, tree pipit and turtle dove.
The wettest locations are characterised by peaty pools fringed with sphagnum moss and bulbous rush which occur where water emerges from the underlying rock. These areas are dominated by plants such as purple moor-grass, cross-leaved heath, common sedge and cotton grass, while well-trodden paths support heath rush.