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'We welcome visitors to our National Nature Reserves (NNRs) because we want people to appreciate these wonderful places. The Reserves are scattered throughout England, from Lindisfarne in Northumberland to The Lizard in Cornwall. All ages are welcome and entry is free!'

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Natural England

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'Wales has more nature reserves per head of population than any other major European country. There are five Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, three National Parks, 74 National Nature Reserves and hundreds more Local Nature Reserves, Wildlife Trust and RSPB Reserves etc each protecting unique habitats and the wildlife that depend on them.'

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'Be inspired by the magic and beauty of Scotland's National Nature Reserves. These Reserves help protect an amazing range of wildlife and landscapes and each one is waiting to be discovered by you.'

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Navigate the Website>>> Nature Reserves List | Nature Reserves Map

'Woods and meadows, heaths and moors, mountain and downland, rivers and wetlands and the coast - The Wildlife Trusts manage more than 2,000 nature reserves across the UK, the Isle of man and Alderney. These protect rare and threatened species and habitats and are a gateway for you to experience the natural world ...'

Visits to the Website577
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Size (acreage)1250
Starting fromPinfold Lane, Ainsdale

'The Reserve has a network of around 8 miles of footpaths marked by colour – banded posts ... The Woodland and Fisherman’s Path are also accessible by bike, pushchairs and wheelchairs. '

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Formby [National Trust]

Visits to the Website871
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Starting fromAlexandra Park

'An 80 hectare, Green Flag Award and Green Heritage winning landscaped park in the Borough of Haringey in north London. It was declared a Local Nature Reserve in 2013, and is also a Site of Borough Importance for Nature Conservation, Grade 1.'

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Friends of Alexandra Park and Wikipedia

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Size (acreage)125

'There are paths across the reserve and to the beach. Combine this with a trip to the Farnes from Seahouses to make an exciting day out!'

Visits to the Website869
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Starting fromWWT Arundel Wetland Centre

Reed Bed Boardwalk  'This SSSI reed bed (designated Site of Special Scientific Interest) is a one of the largest in Sussex. Reed beds are a priority habitat for nature conservation in the UK and WWT are working hard to restore and maintain this vital habitat for wildlife ...'

Visits to the Website821
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Starting fromSingleton Lake

'Ashford Green Corridor is a green space that runs through the town of Ashford in Kent, England. The Green Corridor is made up of parks, recreation grounds and other green spaces alongside the rivers that flow through Ashford.'

Visits to the Website807
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Size (acreage)390
Starting fromAston Rowant

'Aston Rowant Nature Reserve is located on the western escarpment of the Chiltern Hills in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The reserve is in several sections, mostly in the parishes of Aston Rowant and Lewknor in Oxfordshire, with smaller sections in the parish of Stokenchurch in Buckinghamshire ... Information leaflets are available at the site and there are some waymarked trails, including two easy access trails (Aston Rowant and Linky Down Walks for All).'

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Aston Rowant NNR, South Oxfordshire [Oxford Conservation Volunteers]

Visits to the Website698
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Starting fromAttenborough Nature Reserve

'This site of special scientific interest (SSSI) is one of the most important sites for conservation in the East Midlands. In 1929 sand and gravel extraction began, providing materials and infrastructure in the Nottingham area.  After a period of restoration the now water-filled pits and islands provide food, shelter and freedom from disturbance for many species of wildlife.'

Visits to the Website2198
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Starting fromAround and About

'Enjoy a walk around one of our nature reserves - our top ten walks are available to download ...'

Visits to the Website508
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Starting fromBarr Beacon Local Nature Reserve

'If you fancy getting away from it all, Barr Beacon might be just the nature reserve for you. Its only 3 miles from Walsall town centre, and it's one of the highest points in the West Midlands. It offers spectacular panoramic views, and from the top you can see surrounding landmarks including the Wrekin, Cannock Chase, Lichfield Cathedral, Birmingham City Centre, and the Lickey Hills. It's the high-point of the Beacon Way and a favourite walking spot for locals ...'

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Walsall Council

Visits to the Website857
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Size (acreage)520
Starting fromBedford Purlieus National Nature Reserve

'211 hectares (520 acres) of ancient woodland in Cambridgeshire, in the United Kingdom. It is a national nature reserve and Site of Special Scientific Interest owned and managed by the Forestry Commission.'

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Visits to the Website799
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Navigate the Website>>> Ben Lawers Edramucky Trail [PDF]
Size (acreage)11000
Starting fromMilton Morenish

'Ben Lawers is Scotland's tenth highest Munro and the central Highlands' highest mountain, stretching 1,214m (3,984ft) above Loch Tay. Make it to the summit and you'll be rewarded with magnificent views of Ben Lomond and Glencoe to the west, and the Cairngorms to the north. It's part of the Ben Lawers National Nature Reserve, which encompasses nine mountains within the southern slopes of the Ben Lawers and Tarmachan ranges, seven of which are Munros. The area attracts walkers and climbers of all levels, who are drawn to the varied and scenic routes available.'

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Starting fromBentley Prior Nature Reserve

Bentley Prior Nature Reserve 'is open all year round and welcomes all visitors, human and wild. All types of visitors will find something to interest them here ...'

Visits to the Website1477
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Starting fromBlashford Lakes

'The nature reserve has an Education Centre and a trail guide and toilets for visitors. Eight kilometres of rolled gravel paths give access around the site suitable for all season use by mobility scooters, pushchairs and more robust wheelchairs. Two "Tramper" mobility scooters are available to borrow by prior arrangement.'

Visits to the Website696
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Navigate the Website>>> Blyth & Seaton Sluice links and foreshore
Starting fromBlyth and Seaton Sluice

'Located between Blyth and the county boundary at Seaton Sluice, the 5km of bays, links and foreshore offer something for everyone who wants to visit the beautiful Northumberland coast. A bay of golden sand, dunes and rock pools to explore, and the chance to spot some spectacular wildlife along the coastline.'

Visits to the Website805
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Navigate the Website>>> Bogs of Ballymoney Booklet [PDF]

'The "Bogs of Ballymoney" booklet is part of the Bogs of Ballymoney Project which includes new footpath, interpretation and infrastructure works on the Croaghan Way ... This guide will introduce you to the fantastic bog land resource that exists within the Ballymoney area, highlighting the areas where you can experience this first hand and the species you might see there ... Only two of the sites mentioned are publicly accessible: [1] Garry Bog - - - : [2] Slieveanorra and Croaghan.


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Size (acreage)660
Starting fromNear St Margaret Church, Bowers Gifford

'An ancient landscape alive with the sights and sounds of wildlife. This grazing marsh has played a vital role in the lives of people and wildlife for centuries. Now, after careful restoration, it's ready and waiting for you to explore and enjoy. There are 4 miles (6 km) of nature trails for you to explore on foot, three viewing points and two picnic areas.'

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Bowers Marsh Walk [Essex Walks]

Visits to the Website887
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Navigate the Website>>> Walkers Guide [PDF]
Starting fromBroxbourne Woods

'Charming ancient woodland, diverse wildlife and rich history make Broxbourne Woods National Nature Reserve (NNR) a truly magnificent place to be. As Hertfordshire’s only NNR, Broxbourne Woods is a very large area of sessile oak and hornbeam woodland at the northern most part of its natural range.'

Visits to the Website1245
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Starting fromEastpark Farm, Caerlaverock

'A rugged and beautiful destination offering open space and tranquil wildlife watching. Wander through wildflower meadows spotting orchids, butterflies and dragonflies, or see our winter migration spectacle.'

Visits to the Website683
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Starting fromCastle Eden Dene

'Located on the edge of Durham’s urban fringe, Castle Eden Dene is home to an extraordinary variety of birds, more than 450 species of plants, and some of our favourite mammals, such as roe deer and fox. The Reserve is a magical place full of legend and folklore, which has been left to spread and sprawl through this deep gorge for over 10,000 years. It’s now the largest area of semi-natural woodland in north-east England and is famous for its majestic yew trees and fantastic stands of ancient oak and ash.'

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Starting fromComber

'Our self-guided walking trials include the Woodland Walk and Sustainability Trail. Look out for wild birds and learn about local ecology.'

Visits to the Website692
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Size (acreage)200
Starting fromChafford Gorges Nature Reserve

''Features of the gorges include: Well surfaced paths but some steep inclines; A variety of habitats, including grassland, meadow, ponds and woodland; A variety of plants and wildlife, including orchid, bats, newts and glow worms; Picnic areas at Warren Gorge set within meadows and beside lakes.'

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Thames Chase

Visits to the Website701
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Navigate the Website>>> Download the Chailey Common Local Nature Reserve leaflet [PDF]
Size (acreage)450
Starting fromChailey Common

'Chailey Common is one of the largest heathland commons in the South of England, covering 450 acres and was designated as a Local Nature Reserve in 1966. It has also been made a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) for its heathland plants and diverse insect and bird communities ... Chailey Common is open access land, but to minimise disturbance to wildlife it is better to keep to the footpaths. Leaflets on self-guided walks around the Common are available from East Sussex County Council ... '

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Chailey Commons Walks Leaflets [Chailey Commons Society] | Woods, Commons and Fields of Chailey [Travel Log Lewes]

Visits to the Website1180
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Size (acreage)39
Starting fromValley Bridge

'This 16 hectare (39 acre) site runs along the eastern banks of the River Chelmer for approximately 2.5km from Valley Bridge down to Victoria Road.' ALERT Links changed.

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Visit Chelmsford

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Size (acreage)585
Starting fromCliffe Pools

'Offers a remote landscape with open horizons and skies - ideal for long summer walks and attracting spectacular numbers of wintering waders. A number of trails at varied lengths afford great views over the pools, the wildlife, and the River Thames running alongside.'

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Starting fromLlandudno Junction Railway Station

'There’s a network of pushchair-friendly trails with viewpoints and hides to make the most of your visit and plenty of information to explain what you're watching. Perhaps you’ll meet one of our friendly volunteer wildlife guides who can help you discover just a little bit more?'

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Starting fromLeek

'This is a delightful oak woodland to walk through – especially in spring and early summer when lots of migrating birds come to breed at the reserve. Birds you may see on the steep valley sides include flycatchers, redstarts and wood warblers. There are a wide variety of butterflies to spot too. In winter, redwings, fieldfares and winter finches are regular visitors. There's a fascinating nature trail here so the reserve is a good place for people of all ages to get closer to nature, although the footpaths are steep in places.'

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Starting fromCrossness Nature Reserve

'A small oasis within an industrialised urban environment, providing a unique opportunity to escape city life and enjoy one of the last remaining areas of grazing marsh within the Greater London area ... The nature reserve is accessed via a number of public footpaths from Eastern Way (A2016), Norman Road and Belvedere Road, as well as the Thames Pathway which runs north across the Reserve.' ALERT Website Links changed.

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Thames Water

Visits to the Website734
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Starting fromCulbin Sands

'Truly get away from it all at this remote and unspoilt reserve. Come during the winter and you'll see seaducks feeding offshore, while from late summer to late spring, large numbers of bar-tailed godwits, oystercatchers and knots flock at high tide. Look out for our small flock of wintering brent geese.  Under the Scottish Outdoor Access Code you have the right to responsible access. Please avoid disturbing feeding and roosting wading birds along the shoreline. Thank you.'

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Navigate the Website>>> Cumbernauld Glen Map
Starting fromCumbernauld Glen

'The Glen is in the heart of Cumbernauld. It is a valuable area of woodland which provides much needed recreational space for the townspeople. Split into two areas, Cumbernauld Glen and the Vault Glen are both abundant in native flora and fauna.'

See also

Cumbernauld Glen [Scottish Wildlife Trust]

Visits to the Website1212
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Starting fromAround and About

'Local Nature Reserves are vital to the health and wellbeing of Darlington's wildlife and the many hundreds of people who visit them during the year. The Council's Countryside Team currently manage all the wildlife areas in the Darlington Borough. These areas offer visitors an insight into nature wildlife with nature trails, educational visits, viewing platforms, information boards, jettys and artwork.'

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Parks and Green Spaces [Darlington Borough Council]

Visits to the Website774
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'There are so many great walks across Devon, from coastal cliff scrambles to moorland heath rambles. Whether you're after a relaxing stroll through rolling countryside or you're looking for hiking across ragged wild places, Devon has it all!'

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Starting fromAround and About

'A series of easily accessible countryside sites within the Bradford Metropolitan District.' Unfortunately Bradford have reorganized their Web Sites so I have replaced the original Link here with one more generic.

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Starting fromLydd-on-Sea

'If you haven't been to Dungeness, nothing can quite prepare you for the landscape – mile after mile of shingle, which is wild and a little weird! On a cold winter's day, it is a delight to sit snug in the visitor centre and look out through a huge picture window at all the waterbirds on the large gravel pit just outside. Often a rare grebe or diver is among them, and it is perhaps the best place in the UK for watching the delightful smew.'

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Size (acreage)220
Starting fromEcos Nature Park

'An oasis of wildlife close to the heart of Ballymena town centre. Eight kilometres of mostly flat footpath gently lead visitors around 220 acres of parkland that includes maturing woodland, peaceful lake and ponds, grazed meadows and hay meadows. Most of the park is managed by The Ulster Wildlife Trust in a way that give wildlife the best possible chance to thrive.'

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Starting fromFairburn

'The three main trails take you through a variety of habitats allowing stunning views of birds such as willow tits and tree sparrows in the woodland, and lapwings, snipe and redshanks in the wet grassland. In winter Fairburn hosts an array of swans, ducks and geese on the main lake, so there is something to see whatever the season.'

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Size (acreage)200
Starting fromBarton-on-Humber

'There's always something to see or hear when looking out over the reedbeds of Far Ings, whether it's the sound of the reeds as they sway in a gentle breeze, the song of hidden warblers or bearded tits, the eerie boom of a bittern, or a marsh harrier drifting over then disappearing into the reedbed ...'

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Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust

Visits to the Website669
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Navigate the Website>>> Try our Inner Farne Easy Walk [PDF]

'The Farne Islands are one of the natural highlights of the Northumbrian coast. Famed for providing sanctuary to St Cuthbert in the 7th century, Inner Farne is now renowned as a summer haven for nesting sea birds. For a unique wildlife experience, visit between April and July, or explore a more tranquil, historic island after the breeding season finishes.'

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Size (acreage)90
Starting fromMilnthorpe

Opened 2018: ‘The reserve is approximate 90 acres with lots of protected wildlife including rare birds and deer ... complementing the Arnside & Silverdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty ... The scenic Nature Reserve is now open to both our guests and to the general public’.

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Pure Leisure

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Navigate the Website>>> Fenn's, Whixall and Bettisfield Mosses
Starting fromNear Bettisfield, Whixall, and Fenn's Bank

'Straddling the English border, near Whitchurch in Shropshire and Wrexham in Wales, lies one of the biggest and best raised bogs in Britain. Its astonishingly varied wildlife makes it a place of international importance.'

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Size (acreage)44000
Starting fromForsinard

'As the largest of the RSPB reserves, we manage a vast peatland landscape which visitors can experience by exploring one of our two self-guided trails or joining one of our guided walks. The new Flows Lookout Tower gives a unique perspective of the pool system on our Dubh Lochan Trail, which is a classic example of the type of pools that are found throughout the Flow Country.'

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Starting fromForvie Visitor Centre

'From Waterside you can follow the Dune Trail to explore the Ythan estuary, the dunes and beach ... From the Visitor Centre the Heath Trail takes you round the northern section of the Reserve ... The wonderful hidden Hackley Bay makes an enjoyable short extension to either of the two way marked trails ... The routes can be combined to create a much longer route for those looking for a full day's walk.'

Visits to the Website715
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Navigate the Website>>> Fosse Meadows
Starting fromSharnford

'Local farmer Henry Archer made if possible for Blaby District Council to acquire land to provide the public with a large countryside area which is now called Fosse Meadows. The land had been used as farmland and so to diversify the landscape and habitats, woodlands were designed and over 30,000 trees have now been planted ...'

Visits to the Website987
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Starting fromFreiston Shore

'The newly-opened wetland trail is a circular route around the developing wet grassland with views over to the saltmarsh. The lagoon trail is only partially suitable for wheelchair access, although the hide is accessible. Excellent views of many of the birds can be had from the car park. The wetland trail is also only partially accessible to wheelchairs.'

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Starting fromAround and About

'Did you know there are over 20 countryside sites in Gateshead including ancient meadows and woodlands? There are also new sites reclaimed form the ashes of our industrial past and sites that are important in the story of Gateshead. Find out where these sites are and what you can do when you get there ...'

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Gateshead Council

Visits to the Website902
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Size (acreage)12400
Starting fromRSPB Geltsdale, Milton

'Set in the beautiful North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Geltsdale is home to black grouse, birds of prey and breeding wading birds and is ideal for walking ...'

Walks described here by
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RSPB Geltsdale Walking Trails [North Pennines AONB]

Visits to the Website791
Views of 'Full' Record2494

Navigate the Website>>> Gibraltar Point Walks and Trails [PDF]
Starting fromGibraltar Point

'A dynamic stretch of unspoilt coastline running southwards from the edge of Skegness to the mouth of the Wash ...  A spectacular new £1m Visitor Centre at Gibraltar Point Nature Reserve will begin to take shape over the coming months. It replaces the former visitor centre, which suffered extensive flood damage during the storm surge in December 2013.'

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Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust

Visits to the Website631
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Navigate the Website>>> Nature Reserves >>> Gilfach Farm
Starting fromNorth of Rhayader

'Visit our fabulous flagship nature reserve - the farm time forgot! ... Follow the walking trails through meadows peppered with anthills, look out over the valley with its glorious views and spot a dipper on the River Marteg as it tumbles down through the reserve and over the waterfalls ...'

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Radnorshire Wildlife Trust

Visits to the Website954
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Size (acreage)1000
Starting fromThatcham

'Following the purchase of the former RAF Greenham Common Airbase in 1997, 750-acres were immediately transferred to the control of the local council to be restored as common land ... Greenham Common was reopened with unrestricted public access in 2000, providing a natural resource of national importance.'

Visits to the Website1170
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Size (acreage)400
Starting fromHarbottle

'A public footpath runs from the Forestry Commission car park through the northern edge of the Reserve as far as the MoD firing range, and northwards leaving the reserve and entering West Wood for a round trip back to the car park. The path is steep, rocky, and extremely narrow in places.'

See also

Harbottle Crags [Shepherds Walks] | Harbottle Crag [My Pennines]

Visits to the Website368
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Starting fromAround and About

'Hartlepool Borough Council manages a total of 150.2 ha of LNRs spread across 6 sites ... The wilder places to visit around Hartlepool are detailed ...'

Visits to the Website711
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Size (acreage)200
Starting fromSkellingthorpe Road

'Hartsholme Country Park is situated in the southwest of Lincoln, adjacent to Swanholme Lakes Local Nature Reserve, approximately three miles from the city centre. The site comprises Victorian landscaped gardens, a large reservoir, woodlands and grasslands. Many features, both natural and built, survive from the original landscaping of the 1860s.'

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Barry Short

See also

Hartsholme Country Park [GPS Cycle and Walking Routes] | The Historical Walk

Visits to the Website426
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Size (acreage)500
Starting fromTow Law

'Mixed terrain with three marked walking trails. Trail one is accessible for those with limited mobility around the top of the Fell.'

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Durham Wildlife Trust

Visits to the Website429
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Starting fromHengistbury Head

'Hengistbury Head is a dramatic headland in Bournemouth situated to the south of Christchurch Harbour. It is an outstanding site for wildlife and archaeology and offers beautiful beaches and views across the New Forest, Isle of Wight and Purbecks ... '

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Visit Hengistbury Head

Visits to the Website1102
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Starting fromHilbre Islands

'The Islands are cut off from the mainland by the tide for up to 5 hours out of every 12 hours. When planning your journey you must find out the time of high water and allow sufficient time to complete your visit to the islands and your return journey to West Kirby safely. It is possible to visit the islands over high water, in which case allow for a stay of at least 5 hours whilst the tide is in, or alternatively, you can walk there and back over one low water period.'

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The Friends of Hilbre

Visits to the Website681
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Size (acreage)9600
Starting fromHolkham

'England's largest national nature reserve ... managed by Natural England with the cooperation of the Holkham Estate.'

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See also

Holkham National Nature Reserve [GPS Cycle & Walking Routes]

Visits to the Website607
Views of 'Full' Record1224

Size (acreage)330
Starting fromHook

'A large area of heathland, grassland and woodland with many areas being restored to heathland ... Hook Common and Bartley Heath are open access land, a number of public Rights of Way and many informal paths cross the site.'

Visits to the Website377
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Starting fromAround and About

'If it's wild and wonderful on St. Agnes, Bryher, St. Martin's or St. Mary's it is probably cared for by The Isles of Scilly Wildlife Trust ... '

Visits to the Website883
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Starting fromKempton Park

'An internationally important wetland nature reserve in West London.'  The Friends of Kempton membership scheme 'enables members to access the reserve's wildlife protected area. This protected area has two bird hides, a wader scrapes, islands, and a boardwalk providing ideal wildlife watching opportunities'.

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Thames Water

Visits to the Website703
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Starting fromKenfig

'This NNR is one of Wales' top sand-dune reserves, with all the special plants, birds and insects that depend on this type of coastal habitat for their survival. Situated on the edge of the reserve is Kenfig Pool, Glamorgan's largest lake. The rest of the Reserve consists of a large expanse of sand dunes which lead to the coast and Sker Point, with lovely views across Swansea Bay to the Gower. On the western side of the Reserve is the stark horizon of Port Talbot's industrial area and steelworks - a strange contrast that only serves to highlight the wild beauty of the Reserve itself.'

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Starting fromSteeple Langford

'The Reserve has a relaxing atmosphere with good level paths and you can enjoy watching wildfowl from five hides overlooking the lakes. You may even see some rarities, such as osprey. Residents include kingfisher, water rail and gadwall. In spring watch for great-crested grebes shaking their heads in courtship. Reed warbler, waders and terns drop in on their summer migration. As winter advances shoveler and wigeon join the other ducks present all year round and occasionally the endangered and secretive bittern pays a visit.'

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Wiltshire Wildlife Trust

Visits to the Website604
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Starting fromCarnforth

'Choose from a selection of trails and hides, most of which are suitable for wheelchairs, and get right to the heart of the reedbed. Or take the nature trail alongside two coastal lagoons to see lots of wading and water birds ...'

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Visits to the Website661
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Size (acreage)26
Starting fromLingfield

'The reserves occupy a 26-acre site and are a mixture of meadows, hedges, and woodland copses and also boast a wetland area with a number of ponds and small pools, an orchard, a wildflower meadow and a butterfly garden. The reserves are managed in such a way as to gain maximum benefit for the flora and fauna, with increased biodiversity very much in mind.'

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Lingfield Nature Reserves

Visits to the Website690
Views of 'Full' Record1560

Size (acreage)52
Starting fromLinthorpe Cemetery

'Linthorpe Cemetery is a burial ground but it also provides a large area of accessible semi-natural greenspace in a densely populated urban area ... This 52-acre (21 ha) site is the largest area of woodland in central Middlesbrough. In the southern section of the cemetery there is an almost complete canopy cover of mature trees. Most of these were planted in the nineteenth century.'

Visits to the Website794
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Size (acreage)450
Starting fromLlwynhendy

'Mosaic of lakes, scrapes, pools, streams and lagoons adjoining the salt marshes and shore of the scenic Burry Inlet. The range of habitats makes the 450 acre site a refuge for many different plants and animals with tens of thousands of migratory birds visiting every year.'

Visits to the Website687
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Starting fromRSPB Loch Leven

'Set on the southern shore of the loch, RSPB Loch Leven nature reserve offers a great day out for families, nature lovers and wildlife watchers alike. Formerly known as Vane Farm, we bought this reserve in 1967 as a centre for environmental education and it is still a fantastic place for children to explore and discover nature today ...'

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Views of 'Full' Record1632

Size (acreage)220
Starting fromKirriemuir

'Whatever time of year you come, make sure you experience the excellent views from the three hides – you're just as likely to see otters, red squirrels and deer as wildfowl, not to mention many species of butterflies and dragonflies too ...'

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Starting fromBarnes

'London Wetland Centre is an idyllic spot to escape the hustle and bustle of the City for a walk or to indulge in an afternoon of bird watching from one of our six hides. The reserve is easily accessible with pathways and bridges among the pools, meadows and gardens ...'

Visits to the Website599
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Size (acreage)23
Starting fromLooe Island

'There is a marked trail around the island that takes in the site of a Benedictine chapel built in 1139 at the highest point (47 m). Legend says that Joseph of Arimathea came here ... Please note that visits can only be made on official organised trips.'

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Cornwall Wildlife Trust

Visits to the Website772
Views of 'Full' Record1268

Size (acreage)385
Starting fromTotton

'Test Way public footpath crosses the reserve with sections of boardwalk. Permissive path leads to bird viewing screens and hide in South. Please keep to the path to avoid disturbance to wildlife. Please check the tide times as the reserve is not accessible at high tide.'

Visits to the Website762
Views of 'Full' Record1378

Size (acreage)500
Starting fromLymington

[1] Coastal Walk  'The footpath along the coast is the Solent Way which starts at Milford on Sea. The distance from Keyhaven to where the Lymington Yacht Clubs are, is 4.9 miles and will take about 2hrs to walk' - - - : [2] Circular Routes  'Most of the footpaths are wide and flat with a gravel surface. The only gradient is normally where you walk from inland up to the sea wall (coastal path).' ALERT Website Links changed.

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See also

Lymington and Keyhaven Marshes [Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust]

Visits to the Website678
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Starting fromAround and About

'There's a wonderful world of wildlife right on your doorstep just waiting to be discovered. All you need to do is look! A good place to start would be the protected lands of Local Nature Reserves and Parks. They are already well geared up for visitors with designated footpaths, cycle ways and bridle paths in abundance ... 'Mansfield has more than 600 acres of parks and open spaces including award winning parks, play areas, allotments, local nature reserves, sports facilities, walks and trails.'

Description from

Mansfield District Council

Visits to the Website756
Views of 'Full' Record2180

Size (acreage)376
Starting fromMartin Mere

'Bring your wellies and explore a hidden gem of wetland habitat at the NEW Wild Walk – meander through the muddy meadow, wander in the wet woods and get lost in a reedy ramble spotting wildlife and giant sculptures ...'

Visits to the Website690
Views of 'Full' Record1235

Starting fromMerrions Wood Lodge, Birmingham Road

'Merrions Wood is a wonderful oak and beech woodland 3 miles from Walsall town centre. Most people, when they visit for the first time, are amazed that this secret woodland is there, tucked away with its beautiful but unassuming entrance next to the historic Merrions Wood Lodge ...  A walk up the main path (which is actually part of the Beacon Way national trail) will amaze you at all times of the year, as the canopy of leaves and branches above form a natural cathedral.' ALERT Website no longer accessible; referenced Facebook Page instead.

Description from

The Friends of Merrions Wood

Visits to the Website753
Views of 'Full' Record2305

Starting fromSouthwick

'Discover the breathtaking scenery and wildlife that's typical of this region. Stroll along the nature trails and use the viewing hides to explore at your own pace ... Coastal trail 2.4 miles and shorter wetland trail 1.2 miles.'

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Visits to the Website353
Views of 'Full' Record881

Starting fromAround and About

'We have declared a number of sites in Merton as local nature reserves (LNRs). We work with English Nature to select sites, and tend to focus on land recognised as being of importance for nature conservation interest, with open access for the public and either existing or potential value for environmental education.'

Description from

Merton Council

See also

Nature Reserves in Merton [Snipview]

Visits to the Website575
Views of 'Full' Record1304

Size (acreage)200
Starting fromMoore Nature Reserve

'Comprises almost 200 acres of woodland, meadows, lakes and ponds and is home to many diverse species of plants, animals, birds and other wildlife. The nature reserve is well known for its varied bird life and many interesting birds can be found either as year-round residents or seasonal visitors ...'

Description from

FCC Environment

Visits to the Website766
Views of 'Full' Record1521

Starting fromDundrum

'Murlough National Nature Reserve is a fragile 6000 year old sand dune system owned by the National Trust and managed as Ireland's first Nature Reserve since 1967. It is an excellent area for walking and bird watching due to its spectacular location at the edge of Dundrum Bay and the Mourne Mountains.'

Walks described here by
Visits to the Website711
Views of 'Full' Record1272


'London may be a big city but there are plenty of green, open spaces where you can see an abundance of wildlife or enjoy a range of sporting activities ... Enjoy a day out in London's great outdoors at one of the beautiful nature reserves and woodlands.'

Description from


Visits to the Website739
Views of 'Full' Record1374

Starting fromPierowall, Westray

'Reaching over 76 metres above the sea, these dramatic cliffs house Orkney's largest seabird colony. Once seen, it's never forgotten!'

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Visits to the Website651
Views of 'Full' Record1284

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Starting fromOtley

'Chevin Forest Park Local Nature Reserve is located in the Wharfe Valley and overlooks the market town of Otley. The reserve consists of north-facing escarpment, which has a mixed cover of woodland, meadow and heathland and covers an area of some 180 hectares. Massive outcrops of millstone grit dominate the crest of the escarpment, which rises steeply to a height of 280m above sea level, and offers magnificent views of the Wharfe Valley.'

Description from

Friends of Chevin Forest

Visits to the Website952
Views of 'Full' Record1648

Starting fromLough Neagh Discovery Centre

'PDFs outlining a number of suggested trails are available to download ... However the network of paths around the reserve is easy to follow, with little difficult terrain so visitors are encouraged to explore at their own leisure.'

See also

Oxford Island []

Visits to the Website714
Views of 'Full' Record1476

Size (acreage)50
Starting fromParndon Wood

'Officially one of the finest parks in the country, after receiving a sought after Green Flag award ... Green Flag Awards recognise and reward the best parks in the country. The Reserve is the first open space in Harlow to be put forward and accepted for this status.'

Description from


See also

Parndon Wood Nature Reserve [Visit Harlow]

Visits to the Website574
Views of 'Full' Record1272

Starting fromPaxton Pits Nature Reserve

'75 hectares of lakes, meadow, grassland, scrub and woodland next to the River Great Ouse where you can enjoy a wealth of wildlife all year round.'

Description from

Paxton Pits Nature Reserve

Visits to the Website735
Views of 'Full' Record2321

Starting fromMallard Way

'Nature paths suitable for wheelchairs and pushchairs will wind you around a stunning, safe wetland habitat littered with pockets of woodland and wildflower meadows, and the friendly Kingfisher Tearooms is a great place to you recharge with friends and family.'

Description from

Yorkshire Wildlife Trust

Visits to the Website701
Views of 'Full' Record1901

Starting fromRainham Marshes

'One of very few ancient landscapes remaining in London, these medieval marshes right next to the River Thames were closed to the public for over 100 years and used as a military firing range. We managed to acquire the site in 2000 and set about transforming it into an important place for nature and a great place for people to visit. Now you can expect to see breeding wading birds in spring and summer, and large flocks of wild ducks in winter. Birds of prey and rare birds are regularly seen too. There are also water voles in the ditches and rare dragonflies flit across the boardwalks.'

Walks described here by
Visits to the Website861
Views of 'Full' Record1439

Size (acreage)55
Starting fromRowhill Copse, Aldershot

'Rowhill Nature Reserve covers 55 acres and was once part of a private estate which produced timber and bricks. Signs of both of these old industries are still in evidence ... There are paths throughout the Reserve and in addition there is a trail for people with special needs ... The Blackwater Valley Path starts in the Reserve.' ALERT Website Links changed.

Visits to the Website743
Views of 'Full' Record2328

Starting fromRye Harbour Nature Reserve

'This large area of land is a mosaic of habitats beside the sea with shingle, saltmarsh, sand dunes, rivers, pits, grazing marsh, reedbeds and farmland. Full of wildlife for you to discover with a network of footpaths and 5 birdwatching hides with easy access.'

Visits to the Website970
Views of 'Full' Record1280

Size (acreage)52
Starting fromSaltburn Gill

'Saltburn Gill is a 52 acre woodland nature reserve nestling in the shadow of Saltburn by the Sea, where drifts of Wild Garlic and Bluebells herald the arrival of Spring and where sightings of Roe deer are always a possibility.'

Description from

See also

Saltburn Gill [Tees Valley Wildlife Trust]

Visits to the Website698
Views of 'Full' Record1622

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Starting fromSaltwells Nature Reserve

'Lady Dudley planted Saltwells Wood in the eighteenth century to hide the scars of coal mining. The descendants of the Oak and Beech still survive and are home to many species of woodland bird, such as Treecreeper, Jay and Great Spotted Woodpecker. Wild Garlic and Anemones are found in the wood together with carpets of Bluebells.'

Visits to the Website809
Views of 'Full' Record2237

Starting fromSandscale Haws National Nature Reserve

'Explore the sandy estuary of the River Duddon with the backdrop of Lake District mountains in this National Trust run nature reserve in Cumbria ... The reserve is located just a few miles north of Barrow-in-Furness on the Cumbria Coastal Way. If you have time you could continue your walk along this super walkway north to Askam-in-Furness or south to Barrow-in-Furness.

Walks described here by
Visits to the Website884
Views of 'Full' Record1310

Starting fromAround and About

'Local Nature Reserves are for both people and wildlife. They are special places for wildlife and give people the chance to get close to nature, and increase their enjoyment and understanding of the natural world.'

Visits to the Website809
Views of 'Full' Record1472

Starting fromEscrick

'If you are feeling energetic you can try one of the three waymarked trails which have been established on the Common in a joint project between The Friends of Skipwith Common, Natural England and the landowner Escrick Park Estate.'

Description from

Friends of Skipwith Common

Visits to the Website896
Views of 'Full' Record1780

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Starting fromSlimbridge

'From birdwatchers to families there is plenty to discover all year round. With experiences to suit all ages offering access to a huge variety of wildlife, it is no surprise we are an award-winning day out! ... Check the daily walks and talks schedule before you go to make sure you don't miss anything ...'

Visits to the Website653
Views of 'Full' Record1167

Starting fromSnettisham

'Walk alongside bird-filled lagoons, shingle beaches, and the vast wilderness of The Wash.'

Walks described here by
Visits to the Website654
Views of 'Full' Record1030

Size (acreage)800
Starting fromSpurn Point

'A long, narrow, crooked finger of sand reaches out from the Holderness coast across the mouth of the mighty River Humber. This is Spurn, one of Yorkshire Wildlife Trust's most iconic nature reserves. It is a wildlife-rich mosaic of beach, mudflats, saltmarsh, dunes, grassland, open water, saline lagoons and native sea buckthorn scrub.'

Description from

Yorkshire Wildlife Trust

Visits to the Website677
Views of 'Full' Record1416

Starting fromStanpit Marsh

'Situated on the north side of Christchurch Harbour, just below the confluence of the rivers Avon and Stour. The 65 hectare site has an unusual combination of habitats including salt marsh with creeks and salt pans, reed beds, freshwater marsh, gravel estuarine banks and sandy scrub.'

Description from

Hengistbury Head

Walks described here by
Visits to the Website872
Views of 'Full' Record1717

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