Finedon Cally Banks
Know before you go
Paths are narrow and uneven in places. Long flight of steps
Unsuitable for wheelchairs
When to visit
Opening timesOpen at all times
Best time to visitApril to June, July to September
About the reserve
The site is linked to the quarry first worked in the 1870s at Finedon Pocket Park. The ore was transported along a specially constructed railway to what is now the reserve.
The name Cally Banks comes from the process of burning iron ore to remove impurities, leaving a deposit called calcine which provides the poor soil conditions in which wildflowers flourish. Look for beautiful speckled wood butterflies among these flowers in spring and autumn.
Crickets, dragonflies and wetland flora also thrive here, while hawthorn and blackthorn scrub is a haven for warblers.