East Crindledykes - Duncan Hutt

East Crindledykes Quarry. Image by: Duncan Hutt.

East Crindledykes Quarry

A disused limestone quarry which has developed a rich limestone flora as well as having interesting geological exposures.

Location

On the road north of Bardon Mill know as the Stanegate
Bardon Mill
Northumberland

OS Map Reference

NY 784 672
A static map of East Crindledykes Quarry

Know before you go

Size
1 hectare

Entry fee

No

Parking information

Parking is available on the road verge next to the public footpath or at the nearby kiln.

Grazing animals

Light grazing by sheep during the winter months.

Walking trails

Access on foot is available across the field in front of the farmhouse. Please be aware there are sometimes sheep on the field on approach to the reserve.

Access

This reserve is only open to NWT members (cards must be carried). Entry to the reserve is via a well-surfaced farm track from the Stanegate Roman Road (OL43 786669) to East Crindledykes Farm. Immediately in front of the farm, a wide 5-bar gate gives access to a meadow, and on the western perimeter, a second 5-bar gate leads into the reserve (OL43 784674). The grass is strimmed in parts to encourage wildflower growth and these areas are reasonably easy to negotiate, with mainly grassy slopes and some steep drops. Please contact the Trust for further information if you have specific access requirements.

Dogs

On a lead

When to visit

Opening times

24/7/365

Best time to visit

April to July

About the reserve

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.

Contact us

Northumberland Wildlife Trust
Contact number: (0191) 284 6884
Contact email: mail@northwt.org.uk

Environmental designation

Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI)