Harbottle Crags

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Harbottle Crags nature reserve is an area of stunning open moorland, it includes the Drake Stone, rocks which were buffed and polished by the ice sheet of the last glaciation. The site is mainly covered by upland heather heath and contains outcrops of sandstones, there are old millstone quarries around the site with broken and part completed stones to be seen. The peat bog at the eastern end has formed from a layer of sphagnum moss growing over deep water. Please keep away from the waters edge. Look out in the summer for the large heath butterfly and the emperor moth. The site is managed in association with the Forestry Commission.

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The site is 1km south west of Harbottle. Car parking at the adjacent Forestry Commission car park. To get there, travel west through Harbottle village, and after 500 metres turn left into the car park. There is a footpath from the car park which leads uphill and onto the reserve through a gate. The army's red flag, which normally flies near the gate, does not apply to the reserve, but do not pass the MOD signs at the reserve boundary. Please keep to the marked paths.


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Address: Northumberland Wildlife Trust, St Nicholas Park, Gosforth, Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear, NE3 3XT, UK.
Phone: +44 191 284 6884
Email: mail@northwt.org.uk

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