This NNR is within the Peak District National Park. It consists of five separate limestone valleys of Lathkill, Cressbrook, Monk's, Long and Hay. They represent some of the best examples of wildlife and geology in the White Peak. Larthkill Dale is a Spotlight Reserve because they offer the best opportunity for wildlife and is recommended for the casual visitor. The other dales are for more seasoned walkers.
Lathkill Dale is situated south west of Bakewell, between the villages of Over Haddon, Monyash and Youlgreave. There are car parks at Over Haddon and Moor Lane, Youlgreave.
What to see:
The reserve can be walked west to east (or vice versa) in about an hour and a half at a fast pace. English Nature have a virtual tour online that you can view at home before trekking out.
More detailed information
More detailed leaflets on sections of the reserve are available free from English Nature's Bakewell office (Tel: 01629 816640) or you can get downloadable copies by taking the links below:
Further information on this site and the other 21 English NNRs can be found in a colour 140-page book called Land Marks (this shows the cover of it). Which details their fascinating history and contains photographs, historic paintings and illustrations as well as detailed descriptions of these reserves, the historic personalities associated with them, and their wildlife interest.
Other dales worth a visit whilst in the area include:
Cressbrook Dale is situated 11.3 km north of Bakewell, between the villages of Wardlow and Litton. There are car parks at Upperdale in Monsal Dale, Monsal Head, Tideswell Dale and Ravensdale. It has steeper paths, leading from the ash woods to a turf landscape dotted with rockrose and alive with butterflies and moths, broken by rocky outcrops and screes. More Information can be found in 12-page leaflet that includes a map.
Monkís Dale is situated 14.5 km north west of Bakewell. The nearest car park is at Miller's Dale station. It is a wilder prospect, needing more effort to reach its inner sanctum, but well worth that effort. A detailed map can be found from this link Monkís Dale.
Hay and Long Dales are small and make a great trip for naturalists looking for limestone flowers and insects. Hay Dale is situated 13 km north west of Bakewell, between the villages of Wheston and Peak Forest. The nearest car park is at Millerís Dale station. Whilst Long Dale is situated 9.7 km south of Bakewell, near the village of Elton. There are car parks at Minninglow, Friden and Elton.
How to get there
The Planning Grid below gives an overview of the details for Lathkill Dale and the Nature Reserve, details on how to find the other dales in the area are included within the description of each one above.
For details of local bus services visit the Derbyshire County Council website.
There are Youth Hostels at Bakewell, Youlgreave, Elton, Ravenstor (near Tideswell), Hartington and Buxton, as well as camping barns and campsites.
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