Lathkill Dale

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Lathkill Dale

Lathkill Dale

Derbyshire Dales NNR lies within the Peak District National Park. The reserve consists of five separate limestone valleys Lathkill, Cressbrook, Monk's, Long and Hay. These five dales represent some of the best examples of wildlife and geology in the White Peak and also supports several upland breeding birds, notably species of birds of prey and waders, curlew and ring ouzel.
The river Lathkill rises just below Monyash and flows down to meet the Wye just below Haddon Hall. The valley it forms is one of the finest of the limestone dales and the upper part is a National Nature Reserve, in the care of English Nature. In places the top part of the dale is quite narrow and part-filled with spoil from Ricklow Quarry, long abandoned, but has been colonised by Jacob's Ladder, a rare plant which flowers in June and July.Below Cales Dale the sides of the Lathkill are partly wooded, an area known as Low Wood. The first of many weirs appears and there was once a mill near here. Low Wood merges into Meadow Wood and in places the river is dammed to form ponds for the fish. Grey wagtail, dipper, spotted flycather (pictured) and redstart.

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