Derbyshire Dales National Nature Reserve


The Derbyshire Dales National Nature Reserve consists of five superb limestone valleys at the centre of the Peak District National Park: Lathkill, Cressbrook, Monk’s, Long and Hay. These five dales represent some of the best examples of wildlife and geology in the country. Managed by Natural England, they cover 385 hectares, 87% of which is classed as a Site of Special Scientific Interest. A leaflet of the reserve, can be downloaded from the Natural England website by clicking here.


Cressbrook Dale Nature Reserve

A 30 minute drive east from Buxton. There are car parks at Monsal Head, Tideswell Dale and Upperdale (Monsal Dale).

Cressbrook, Buxton, SK17 8SX

OL24 Grid Reference: 4173/3739


Lathkill Dale Nature Reserve

One of the finest limestone dales in the Peak District with some of the most pure and transparent river water, when not flowing below ground. A 20 minute drive southeast from Buxton towards Over Haddon, Bakewell, DE45. There are car parks at Over Haddon, at Moor Lane near Youlgreave and on the B5055 just east of Monyash.

OL24 Grid Reference: 4186/3661


Monk’s Dale Nature Reserve

Wildflowers and natural woodlands set within classic limestone scenery reaching north of the Wye Valley and Miller’s Dale. The nearest public car park is at Miller’s Dale station.

Miller’s Dale, Buxton

OL24 Grid Reference: 4134/3743.


Long Dale Nature Reserve

A 30 minute drive southeast of Buxton along the A515 to Newhaven and then east towards Elton. There are nearby car parks at Friden, Gotham and Elton.

Elton, Matlock

OL24 Grid Reference: 4194/3598


Hay Dale Nature Reserve

A 15-20 minute drive northeast of Buxton. The nearest public car park is at Miller’s Dale station.

Wheston, Buxton

OL24 Grid Refence: 4120/3768


Cressbrook Dale Nature Reserve

Lathkill Dale Nature Reserve

Monk's Dale Nature Reserve

Long Dale Nature Reserve

Hay Dale Nature Reserve

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