Rothwell Gullet credit. Henry Stanier

Rothwell Gullet

An enchanting old ironstone quarry with ferns, fungi, woodland and grassland.

Location

1 mile from
Rothwell
Northamptonshire

OS Map Reference

SP 807 818
A static map of Rothwell Gullet

Know before you go

Size
2 hectares

Entry fee

No

Grazing animals

Yes

Walking trails

Style and steep steps into the reserve, winding and undulating path, with further steps and another style.

Access

Not suitable for wheelchairs and pushchairs

Dogs

On a lead

When to visit

Opening times

Open at all times

Best time to visit

April to October

About the reserve

Rothwell Gullet provides an unexpected delight to those who make the effort to seek it out. It is well-wooded, and the dark, damp undergrowth holds a mass of fungi, wood avens and dog's mercury, together with primrose, wood anemone and male fern. Equally spectacular are the rock walls - the remains of the of the ironstone face at the quarry bottom - where you will find swathes of hart's-tongue fern, an attractive plant which adds greatly to the atmosphere of the site.

At the entrance is a large patch of wild privet which attracts butterflies, including common blue and small heath, along with green hairstreak. Burnet moths are common in late June and July.  

Contact us

Contact number: 01604 405285