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Rothwell Gullet

An enchanting old ironstone quarry with ferns, fungi, woodland and grassland.

Rothwell Gullet provides an unexpected delight to those who make the effort to seek it out. It is well-wooded, and the dark, damp undergrowth holds a mass of fungi, wood avens and dog's mercury, together with primrose, wood anemone and male fern. Equally spectacular are the rock walls - the remains of the of the ironstone face at the quarry bottom - where you will find swathes of hart's-tongue fern, an attractive plant which adds greatly to the atmosphere of the site.

At the entrance is a large patch of wild privet which attracts butterflies, including common blue and small heath, along with green hairstreak. Burnet moths are common in late June and July.

 

The map below is for indication purposes only and does not show the Wildlife Trusts definitive land boundary.

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Nature reserve map

Contains Ordnance Survey data © Crown copyright and database right 2012. For indicative purposes does not show exact boundaries.

Reserve information

Location
1 mile from
Rothwell
Northamptonshire
Map reference
SP 807 818
Best time to visit
Apr - Oct
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Opening Times
Open at all times
Size
1.60 hectares
Walking information
Style and steep steps into the reserve, winding and undulating path, with further steps and another style.
Parking
33m from edge of Rothwell park on verge at right near top of hill
Dogs
Dogs must be on lead
Grazing animals
yes
Reserve manager
Tel: 01604 405285
northamptonshire@wildlifebcn.org