Sharnbrook Summit

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Sharnbrook Summit: Occasionally, trains still use the tunnel and can be felt rumbling underfoot and heard echoing up the ventilation towers, which are dotted along the reserve.

The grassland has developed on the limestone soils excavated during construction of the railway. Where rabbits graze the turf short there are still remnants of a richer flora from days gone by. The delicate white flowers of dropwort, with the yellows of dyer's greenweed and wild liquorice emerge above the dominant tor-grass. The nationally rare grey mouse-ear retains a foothold on the slopes of the railway embankment.

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Bedfordshire, East of England, England, Great Britain, UK, Europe
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Rushden 3 miles. From Rushden centre take the A6 south. After 3 miles, turn right to Souldrop. In village, turn right and follow road round to the right. At the end of surfaced road, turn left onto Forty Foot Lane. Park on side of lane at the turning towards Blackmere Farm. Then walk half a mile west along by-way to reserve entrance.


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