Local nature reserves

Quarry Hill Nature Reserve

How to get there

Off Waidshouse Road, Nelson, BB9 0SB

On Foot: Walk from Nelson bus or train station as below. The site is just 600m from the Pendle Way.

Train: Hourly service to Nelson on the Preston to Colne line. Walk up Railway Street for approx 700m, turning right into Waidshouse Road and the main entrance is a short distance on your left through the car park.

Bus: Number 12A hourly service from Nelson or Burnley stopping on Waidshouse Road, otherwise numbers 20-28 every 10 minutes from Burnley, Nelson or Colne, stopping at Nelson Bus and Rail Interchange then follow the directions from the station

Cycleway: Along the Leeds/Liverpool Canal towpath, then to Nelson Interchange, then as above. Please note cycling is not permitted within the nature reserve.

Road: Just over 1km from junction 13 of the M65. Follow the A682 (Scotland Road) into Nelson town centre, bear right onto Broadway, then turn left onto Railway Street for approx 700m, turning right into Waidshouse Road and into the car park. The main entrance is a short distance on your left.

Leeds/Liverpool Canal: 1.2km to the southeast of the canal. Walk or cycle along the roads to Nelson Bus and Rail Interchange, then as above.

Site Information

Size: 6.5 hectares, 15.7 acres

Designated: Not yet designated.

Quarry Hill was landscaped in 1989 following its use as a quarry up to the 1950's and then a landfill site from 1962-82. Over 6,000 trees and shrubs were planted. The nature reserve now supports a range of habitats including woodland and scrub, wildflower meadows, mown grassland, the top of a quarry face, ditches and marshy areas.

Nearest Town: Nelson and Brierfield

Grid Reference: SD 865 368 (centre)

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

Ownership: Lancashire County Council

Status: Important Wildlife Site (Pendle Local Plan)

Nearest toilets: Nelson Town Centre

Other details: Cloverhill Residents Action Group (CRAG) is involved in management and fundraising.

No. of plants: Over 150 including crab apple, lesser celandine, bistort, yellow rattle, meadow crane's-bill, oxeye daisy, knapweed, ragged-robin, St John's wort, cowslips and field scabious.

No. of birds: Nearly 20 so far including greenfinch, song thrush, house sparrow, starling, kestrel, tawny owl, woodpecker, jay and lapwing.

Also look out for: Views to Boulsworth and Pendle Hill




Water Avens


Member of the rose family, its orange-pink flowers hang down towards the ground. It grows in damp places



This attractive member of the dead-nettle family has red-purple flowers, which resemble orchids

House Sparrow & Starling

All year

National Conservation Concern - UK populations of both birds have decreased by over 50% since 1980



Leaves like Primroses