Ashwell Quarry and Quarry Springs
Know before you go
Parking informationThere is a car park on the left-hand side of Love Lane (0.1 miles) when entering from Hinxwoth Road.
Closeby: Icknield Way
Access is by permit only. Contact the Trust on 01727 858901.
Grass and bare chalk paths. Some steep slopes and steps.
When to visit
Opening timesOpen at all times
Best time to visitApril to August
About the reserve
A disused quarry supporting varied chalk grassland species including orchids. During the summer this site is full of plants such as the pyramidal orchid, field and small scabious, clustered bellflower and glaucous sedge. Deep, shaded hollows add their own interest and many of the older thorn and elder bushes support rare mosses. The adjacent Quarry Springs produce a stream of water at a consistent temperature of about ten degrees centigrade, which is the very special requirement of some of the rare species of flatworm that thrive here.
PLEASE NOTE : Access is by permit only. Contact the Trust on 01727 858901.
Spring: Chiffchaff, cowslip, holly blue, willow warbler.
Summer: Bee and pyramidal orchid, twayblade, lesser whitethroat.
Autumn: Comma, peacock, red admiral.
Winter: Blue tit, goldcrest, yellowhammer.
Site entrance: Entrance opposite Love Lane. Access is by permit only. Contact the Trust on 01727 858901.
Access by road: The reserve is 0.5 miles west of Ashwell, follow High Street (turns into West End), then turn right onto Hinxworth Road. Turn right when you reach Love Lane.
Access by public transport
Bus: 91, 202 – West End. (0.7 miles).
Rail: Ashwell and Morden (3.3 miles).