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Avenue Washlands Nature Reserve

Type:Nature Reserve

Mill Lane
Wingerworth
Chesterfield
Derbyshire
S42 6NG
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Avenue Washlands Nature Reserve

About

Reedbed, ponds and grassland in the valley of the River Rother attract birds such as tufted duck, wigeon, snipe and little grebe as well as skylarks, yellowhammer and nesting warblers. Water voles, great crested newts and dragonflies have also made their homes here. Even the rare little egret has been recorded on the reserve. Great for a family walk and pond dipping all year round

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.  

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.

 

Guide Prices

Admission is free

Facilities

Accessibility

  • Disabled access

Catering

  • Picnic site

Children

  • Children welcome

Groups

  • Education/study area
  • Guided tours for groups

Property Facilities

  • Dogs Accepted - On a lead

Target Markets

  • Coach parties accepted

Opening Times

Season (1 Jan 2022 - 31 Dec 2022)
Monday - SundayOpen
Bank HolidayOpen

* The Avenue Visitor Centre is only open by prior arrangement.

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Map & Directions

Road Directions

From North/SouthLeave 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 EastFollow A617 to M1 motorway junction then follow route from North/South.From WestFollow 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: Chesterfield station is 2 miles away.

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