Local nature reserves

Ball Grove Nature Reserve

How to get there

Off Winewall Road, Colne BB8

On foot option 1: From Colne follow the Keighley Road (B6250) to the roundabout, then on the other side turn right to Cottontree. Head left onto Winewall Road, then left into Ball Grove Park before the bridge. Follow the track past a play area, lake and cottages on your left and follow the footpath through a field to the reserve.

On foot option 2: As above but do not turn right to Cottontree. Follow the A6068 for just over 1km and head down Spring Grove, turning left at the bottom onto the footpath leading to the reserve.

Train: Hourly service to Colne on the Preston to Colne line, then on foot as above (just over 2 miles)

Bus: Served by the M3 and M4 bus routes:

Cycleway and Bridleway: No special routes - follow roads but note cycling and horse riding are not permitted in the reserve.

Road: Follow the M65 until its termination at Colne (Junction 14).  At the roundabout, take the first exit on to the A6068, Vivary Way.  Follow this road for approximately 1.75 miles crossing two roundabouts.  At the third roundabout take the second exit following the A6068 towards Keighley.  Follow the A6068 for approximately 0.5 miles.  Turn right in to Ball Grove Drive.  Take the first left in to the car park.

The car park is open 8am to 7pm, April to September and 8am to 5pm October to March.

Site Information

Size: 2.1 hectares, 5 acres

Designated: April 2004

Located on the floodplain of Colne Water, a lodge was constructed for use in a leather tannery downstream, in what is now Ballgrove Park. The lodge has partially silted up and is locally dominated by Bulrush, Yellow Flag, Reed Canary-grass and Amphibious Bistort.

Nearest Town: Laneshaw Bridge and Cottontree, near Colne.

Grid Reference: SD 906 405 (centre)

OS Maps: Landranger 103 Blackburn (1:50,000) Outdoor Leisure 21 South Pennines (1:25,000)

Ownership: Pendle Borough Council

Status: Important Wildlife Site (Pendle Local Plan)

Nearest toilets: Ball Grove Park

Other details: Part of the Ferndean Way, a 3 mile walk from Waterside in Colne to Wycoller, linking into the Pendle Way. There is a Friends group.

No. of plants: 150 including knapweed, bird's-foot-trefoil, meadowsweet, wild angelica, marsh-marigold, lesser and greater spearwort, yellow water lily and harebell.

No. of birds: 51 including bullfinch, goldfinch, redpoll, great spotted woodpecker, nuthatch, sand martin, swallow, swift, grey heron, tawny owl, reed warbler and kingfisher.

Also look out for: Newts, snails, leeches, brown hare, deer, dragonflies and damselflies.





Flower heads from July which disintegrate over the winter

Also called Reedmace and used in dried flower arranging


Flowers March-May, leaves appear after the flowers and last all summer

Used to wrap butter in before we had fridges hence its name

Great Spotted Woodpecker

Anytime but especially February-October

Drills nest holes in trees, often birch


Warm evenings between early Spring and late Autumn

Contrary to popular myth they are not blind