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This disued quarry is designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) for its chalk grassland. Flowering species such as bird's-foot trefoil, knapweed and salad burnet are found above the chalk face and the scree slopes support early colonising species of lichens and mosses. The diversity of flora supports an equally diverse fauna. Butterflies include marbled white, common blue and dingy skipper. Birds common on the reserve include yellowhamme, goldfinch, linnet and tree sparrow. Small mammals include long-tailed field mouse and common shrew. This reserve lies alongside the Hudson Way footpath which traces a former footpath between Market Weighton and Beverley.

Grounds for outdoor activitiesChildren welcomeDisabled accessSmoking not allowed

Open all the time


Yorkshire Wildlife Trust

01904 659570


Market Weighton,
YO24 1GN



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Map reference: SE 591506  Lat: 53.94814 Long: -1.10100

The reserve is two-and-a-half miles from Market Weighton.

From Market Weighton take the road signposted ‘Kiplingcotes’. The car park, on the old railway line, is about 300 yards south-west of the reserve.

Please keep vehicles clear of the gates at all times. Parking on the roadside close to the reserve entrance is possible for three cars.

Parking: free

Accessible by Public Transport: 9 miles from Gilberdyke station


  • Grounds for outdoor activitiesGrounds for outdoor activities
  • Children welcomeChildren welcome
  • Disabled accessDisabled access
  • Smoking not allowedSmoking not allowed