Know before you go
Parking informationThere is no parking available.
Access is along the footpath from Blinkbonny.
Permit required to access – please contact the Trust on (0191) 284 6884 for more information.
When to visit
Opening timesNot open public access.
Best time to visitEarly summer
About the reserve
This reserve is one of the few sites in the county showing good exposures of andesite lava. The lower face of the site is variable andesite-dacite and the upper face is mainly purple porphyritic andesite with amygdaloidal patches.
The floor of the lower bench contains gorse, elder, hawthorn and broom scrub with elm and ash. The upper bench supports grazed bentfescue grassland. On the quarry faces grow polypody fern, common stork's-bill, dove's-foot crane's-bill, harebell and bluebell. The quarry faces north and is locally wet - these factors may be responsible for the good bryophyte and lichen flora. The site is managed in partnership with Ford and Etal Estates.
There is evidence that King James IV of Scotland, later to become King James I of England, camped at Flodden Quarry in 1513. This quarry stands on a hill a mile and a half south of Flodden Battlefield. The battle was a decisive English victory in the long conflict between James IV and the Earl of Surrey and his English forces.