Collyweston Quarries. credit Henry Stanier

Collyweston Quarries

An old quarry now transformed into a wildflower haven


Stamford Road 5 miles from
A static map of Collyweston Quarries

Know before you go

8 hectares

Entry fee


Grazing animals


Walking trails

Firm grass paths on undulating ground


Suitable for wheelchairs and pushchairs


On a lead

When to visit

Opening times

Open at all times

Best time to visit

May to September

About the reserve

In June, the grassland is aglow with the golden-yellow flowers of common rockrose, common bird's-foot-trefoil and dyer's greenweed - once gathered to produce a yellow dye. This colourful display continues with pinks and purples when the pyramidal orchid, greater knapweed, wild thyme and clustered bellflower come into flower. Glow-worms can be seen in the longer grass at dusk or night time in June, when the females glow green to attract mates. Reptiles such as common lizard bask in the sun on the bare ground and dry stone walls.       The map below is for indication purposes only and does not show the Wildlife Trusts definitive land boundary.

Contact us

Contact number: 01604 405285

Environmental designation

Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI)