Know before you go
Stile and steep steps into the reserve, winding and undulating path, with further steps and another stile.
Not suitable for wheelchairs and pushchairs
When to visit
Opening timesOpen at all times
Best time to visitApril to October
About the reserve
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.