Hexton Chalk Pit

Hexton Chalk Pit Nature Reserve

Hexton Chalk Pit Nature Reserve (c) Paul Thrush

Hexton Chalk Pit

A small chalk grassland reserve on the scarp slope of the north-east Chilterns with wonderful views of the surrounding landscape.


Off Hexton Road

OS Map Reference

TL 107 299
A static map of Hexton Chalk Pit

Know before you go

2 hectares

Entry fee


Parking information

No official parking. Park in the layby close to the entrance.

Walking trails

Close to Icknield Way


Grass paths. Gradual incline leading
to the reserve that can be muddy.


No dogs permitted

When to visit

Opening times

Open at all times

Best time to visit

April to July

About the Reserve

This beautiful reserve is 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.

Hexton Chalk Pit Map


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
77 – Mill Lane (0.2 miles).
Rail: Harlington (5.5 miles), Hitchin (6.8 miles).

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