Know before you go
Parking informationLimited parking at ST 576 376
Sections of narrow or uneven path with unprotected steep drops. Some areas can be very slippery in bad weather. Watch out for site management activities.
Contact the Trust for access information
When to visit
Opening timesOpen at all times
Best time to visitApril to July
About the reserve
This reserve is mainly comprised of one area of ancient woodland in a steep-sided ravine. The woodland is mainly Ash, Oak, Hazel and Field Maple. There are also two small fields with flower rich grassland; please note the two fields are separated by a field which does not belong to the trust. The largest block of woodland is situated in a very deep gully running east – west along the Pennard ridge.
A significant feature of the reserve is the waterfall at the western end of the reserve where the two woodlands and their streams come together. The woodland flora is particularly rich due to the humid nature of the ravines, which creates ideal conditions for ferns, mosses and lichens.
In early summer Wood Anemones, Bluebells and Wild Garlic make spectacular displays. Opposite Leaved Saxifrage grows along the stream sides. These woodlands are home to a good range of birds such as Chaffinch, Wren, Great and Blue Tits, Greater Spotted Woodpecker, Nuthatch, Jay, Song Thrush and in summer Chiff Chaff come to breed in the scrub. There is also a small Rookery in the trees.
The meadows, which are damp, contain a rich mix of wild flowers including Betony, Devil’s Bit Scabious, Greater Stitchwort and Ragged Robin. Small Tortoishells and Green Veined Whites are common.