Brown End Quarry

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Brown End Quarry: Find out more about the geology of the area by following our interpretive trail which tells the story of how the rocks in this area were formed.


Although the reserve was primarily acquired for its geological features the site also supports a variety of wildlife. The old spoil heaps and quarry floor have vegetated over since quarrying ceased and a typical limestone flora has developed. Most notable are the numerous cowslips which flower in the spring. Later in the year knapweed, scabious and oxeye daisies provide a nectar source for butterflies and other invertebrates. The fringing scrub provides good cover for nesting small birds such as warblers and tits.


The enclosed nature of the quarry means that it provides a wonderfully sheltered spot to take a picnic on sunny days - even when its windy you'll be able to enjoy your picnic protected from the worst of the weather.

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The reserve is situated at the eastern end of the village of Waterhouses on the A523 Leek/Ashbourne road. The Quarry is on the north side of the road and just west of the Manifold Cycle Track. Access to the parking area is over a bridge shared with a cycle hire company.

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