Hesleden Dene

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Hesleden Dene: The most southerly of the three important ravine woodland Denes on the Durham Coast this reserve has excellent natural exposures of magnesian limestone and supports a wide range of woodland plants typical of the limestone.

Several species uncommon to county Durham can be found in the dene including Yew, Spindle and large numbers of Harts-tongue fern.The damp, humid conditions provide niches for impressive displays of mosses, lichens

and fungi.

The woodland provides an excellent habitat for small birds such as Robin, Chaffinch and Goldcrest and also supports larger birds such as Greater- Spotted Woodpeckers and Tawny Owls.Numerous mammals including Roe Deer, Badgers and Foxes live in the dene. Impressive outcrops of limestone have been eroded to produce many caves with unusual local names such as Hairy Mans Hole and Jack Rock.

Also footpaths found within the reserve.

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From the A19 take the B1281 towards Blackhall Rocks.Turn right at the sign for Hesleden Village and follow the road into the village.Turn right opposite the community centre and follow the road down to station house where you can park.


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