Castern Wood

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Castern Wood: 50 acres of ancient woodland and species rich limestone grassland.

The area within which the reserve lies is designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and Special Area of Conservation (SAC), which recognises the area as being important for wildlife in a European context.

The reserve is a diverse site of broadleaf woodland, scrub and grassland. The shallow, limestone rich soils support a wide range of plants and over 240 species have been recorded.

The old mine workings in the area now provide a home for bats and five different species have been known to over-winter at Castern.

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Take the road from the village of Grindon towards Hopedale. Go past Weag's Bridge and up the other side of the valley. Follow this road until you come to a crossroads and take the small track on your right. Drive along this track for approximately 1/3 of a mile. Park on the right hand side without obstructing any gateways. In summer, when the track is dry you can park at the top of the reserve by entering through the gate and following the rutted track alongside the dry-stone wall on the right.


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