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Nature Reserve, free entry

Avenue Washlands Nature Reserve

Avenue Washlands Nature Reserve


Derbyshire Wildlife Trust

01773 881188


Mill Lane,
S42 6NG


This wetland reserve consists of newly created reedbed, marsh, ponds and grassland in the valley of the River Rother. The new habitat was created in 2005 and a good variety of wildlife has been attracted to add to the species that were already well established. Further restoration work on the northern part of the site should lead to the creation of a further 40ha of nature reserve in 2012.

Access around and through the reserve is largely on wheelchair friendly surfaced paths which lead to a number of viewing screens. The reserve is important for its water voles and great crested newts. In addition, farmland birds such as skylark and yellowhammer are well established here, while wetland birds including lapwing, tufted duck and little grebe breed on the reserve. Wintering water birds include wigeon, teal and snipe. Even the rare little egret has been recorded on the reserve.

As the reedbed and marsh develop it is hoped that reed warbler and sedge warbler will become regular summer visitors. The scrub and tall herb areas of the site attract passerine birds such as grasshopper warbler, linnet and whitethroat.

A good range of butterflies, dragonflies and other invertebrates create much additional interest.

The Avenue Visitor Centre on Mill Lane is only open by prior arrangement.

Coach parties acceptedEducation/study area

Children welcomeDisabled accessGuided tours for groups

Opening Details

Open all the time

The Avenue Visitor Centre is only open by prior arrangement.


Free entry



See location of Avenue Washlands Nature Reserve on Google mapsSee location on Google maps

Map reference: SK 391671  Lat: 53.19953 Long: -1.41613

From North/South
Leave M1 motorway at junction 29 and follow A617 to Chesterfield (approx 4 miles). At traffic light controlled roundabout select left lane and take 1st exit (A61 signposted Derby). Go straight on at 3 sets of traffic lights, then continue on A61 to Hunloke Arms pub on left. Continue on same road for approx ¼ mile taking left turn into Mill Lane. Follow road for approx 700 metres and entrance to Reserve is on right.

From East
Follow A617 to M1 motorway junction then follow route from North/South.

From West
Follow A619 to Chesterfield . At traffic light controlled roundabout (Lidl on left) select middle lane and take 3rd exit. Keep in left lane and, at traffic lights go straight on. Select right hand lane and at roundabout take 3rd exit. At next roundabout (traffic light controlled) select right hand lane and take 3rd exit (A61 signposted Derby), then follow route from North/South.

Accessible by Public Transport: 2 miles from Chesterfield station


  • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
  • Education/study areaEducation/study area
  • Children welcomeChildren welcome
  • Disabled accessDisabled access
  • Guided tours for groupsGuided tours for groups
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