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East Crindledykes Quarry

This disused limestone quarry has developed a rich limestone flora, as well as having interesting geological exposures. The quarry faces are between 3 and 6 metres high and show exposures of the Great Limestone, a band of rock that can be found sweeping around south Northumberland, close to the Whin Sill.

A nearby lime kiln processed the rock from here and has been restored by the National Park Authority. The flora includes autumn gentian, salad burnet, thyme, cowslip, hoary plantain, heath grass and crested hair grass. The vegetation around the southern and eastern margins is tall grassland with a few hawthorn bushes. The grass is cut and removed once per year and is occasionally lightly grazed over the winter. The quarry, including the larger area to the west, was used for landfill of colliery waste. The waste in the Trust reserve was partially removed but that to the west still remains.

Species and habitats

Limestone pavement
Autumn Gentian, Salad Burnet, Wild Thyme, Cowslip

Nearby nature reserves

Grindon Lough
1 miles - Northumberland Wildlife Trust
Greenlee Lough
2 miles - Northumberland Wildlife Trust
Beltingham River Gravels
2 miles - Northumberland Wildlife Trust

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Reserve information

On the road north of Bardon Mill know as the Stanegate
Bardon Mill
Map reference
NY 784 672
Best time to visit
Apr - Jul
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Opening Times
1.00 hectares

Please see downloadable Access Information for the reserve below.
Walking information
Access on foot is available across the field in front of the farmhouse
Parking is on the road verge next to the public footpath
Dogs must be on lead
Grazing animals
Reserve manager
Northumberland Wildlife Trust
Tel: (0191) 284 6884


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