Hexton Chalk Pit
Know before you go
Parking informationNo official parking. Park in the layby close to the entrance.
Close to Icknield Way
Grass paths. Gradual incline leading
to the reserve that can be muddy.
When to visit
Opening timesOpen at all times
Best time to visitApril to July
About the reserve
This reserve is almost unique; an old chalk pit with good quality wildflower-rich grassland. The bare chalk has been colonised naturally by fine-leaved fescue grasses and chalk-loving plants as well as five species of orchid and the uncommon slender tare. There is a large colony of chalkhill blue butterflies on the reserve which are on the wing from mid-July.
Site entrance: Entrance from Hexton Road.
Access by road: From Hexton take Hexton Road southbound for 0.2 miles. The reserve will be on your left.
Access by public transport
Bus: 77 – Mill Lane (0.2 miles).
Rail: Harlington (5.5 miles), Hitchin (6.8 miles).