Deep Dale

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Deep Dale is the epitome of the Peak District, a dry limestone dale supporting a rich variety of wildlife. From the depths of the valley to the heights of the plateau, through deep and shaded sections to areas open to the sun, the range of conditions here is reflected in the diversity of species you can expect to see. Rock exposures and screes support yet more vegetation, while small areas of woodland cling on to the cliff edges with hazel found on some of the slopes and scree edges. Among the invertebrates found here is the cistus forester moth, the larvae of this nationally scarce species feed on rock rose, which grows on the thin soils of the daleside. The screes are also a good place to look for the delicate limestone fern, while Nottingham catchfly grows on the shallow soils above the rocky outcrops.

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Peak District, Derbyshire, England, Great Britain, UK, Europe
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4km east of Buxton, the Wye Dale car park (pay and display) is on the A6 - follow the path to the northern entrance to the reserve. Parking in King Sterndale village gives access to the centre and south of the reserve.


Nearest railway station is Buxton.


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Address: Deep Dale, Derbyshire Wildlife Trust, East Mill, Bridge Foot, Belper, Derbyshire, DE56 1XH, UK.
Phone: +44 1773 881188

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