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Photographer: Brian Horisk/AdventureArt, Fife, Scotland

Route Filmstrip & Description

The reserve, which is partly in Derbyshire and partly in Leicestershire, is owned by Severn Trent Water and managed by the Trust. It covers 23.5 ha and is part of a Site of Special Scientific Interest. Limestone and lead mining took place for 200 years up to the end of the nineteenth century. The largest of the pools is the now flooded Laundry Quarry from the base of which mine adits were driven south and limestone extracted. The mined limestone was burnt in kilns at the bottom of Laundry Quarry. A branch of the Ashby to Ticknall Tramway was opened in 1830 to carry the burnt lime from the site. Limestone was illegally extracted around 1850 and caused the collapse of the roof of the workings, creating this terrain with exposed gritstone faces up to 4 m high. Habitats include heath grassland, open water, streams, damp woodland, scrub and bracken-covered glades. The geology gives rise to a varied flora and the general mixture of habitat types results in a very varied insect fauna. In January / February, a large number of snowdrops bloom at the south-western end of the reserve. The walk goes through woodland and along pools. There are many steps, steep slopes and exposed tree routes along the path. See http://www.lrwt.org.uk/nature-reserves/dimminsdale/ for website with more details.

Surveyed by: Nathalie Cossa, April 2016 (Spring)
Accessibility Rating: 5More Information
Distance: 1.2 km

Public Transport: No
Car Park: A large car park is provided by Severn Trent Water - Spring Wood car park.
Steps: There are numerous steps throughout the nature reserve
Barriers: No
Toilets: No

Full Profile

Large car park.  Take the B587 towards Melbourne.  Turn left at sign to Calke and Coaches/Deliveries to Staunton Harold Reservoir car park about 1/2 mile on the left.

CarPark Large car park. Take the B587 towards Melbourne. Turn left at sign to Calke and Coaches/Deliveries to Staunton Harold Reservoir car park about 1/2 mile on the left.

Tarmac path in the corner of the lower car park, downhill for 35m.   10.3 degrees/18.4%
At the bottom there is a squeeze through - 62cm wide at the top, 22cm at the narrowest point at the bottom.

Path Tarmac path in the corner of the lower car park, downhill for 35m. 10.3 degrees/18.4% At the bottom there is a squeeze through - 62cm wide at the top, 22cm at the narrowest point at the bottom.

Path

Turn left after squeeze through and follow side of road (which can be busy).  Mind the protruding rocks on footpath.

Surface Turn left after squeeze through and follow side of road (which can be busy). Mind the protruding rocks on footpath.

Follow the path along the grass verge which runs to the left of the road which can be busy.

Path Follow the path along the grass verge which runs to the left of the road which can be busy.

Path

View of stream as it widens into reservoir.

View View of stream as it widens into reservoir.

View across the road onto the reservoir.

View View across the road onto the reservoir.

Unofficial lay-by on the right hand side with space for 2 cars.  There are lots of potholes.

Path Unofficial lay-by on the right hand side with space for 2 cars. There are lots of potholes.

Path Incline all the way up to the entrance on the left hand side of 2.2 degrees/4.1%.

At entrance, there is a bridge with a 24cm step onto it.

Step At entrance, there is a bridge with a 24cm step onto it.

Interpretation board on the right detailing information about the nature reserve

Information Interpretation board on the right detailing information about the nature reserve

Go through squeeze through and follow the path.  There are 9 steps with long and wide treads, stone chippings.  There is a further step down of 5cm before you reach the bridge.

Step Go through squeeze through and follow the path. There are 9 steps with long and wide treads, stone chippings. There is a further step down of 5cm before you reach the bridge.

7cm step onto 1m wide wooden bridge.  Handrail on either side.  The path then bears to the right.

Step 7cm step onto 1m wide wooden bridge. Handrail on either side. The path then bears to the right.

Path Gradual decline on a firm gravel path - 4 degrees/7%

Wide boardwalk covered in chicken wire with no handrails, 13m long with bends to left and right.  Overhanging tree limb head height at one point.  There is a 5cm step a the end.

Clearance Wide boardwalk covered in chicken wire with no handrails, 13m long with bends to left and right. Overhanging tree limb head height at one point. There is a 5cm step a the end.

Step One 5cm step

Step One 5cm step

A stairwell of 10 steps, 32cm high steps, 1m wide with a handrail on both sides.

Step A stairwell of 10 steps, 32cm high steps, 1m wide with a handrail on both sides.

Information board detailing the quarrying history of the site on the right of the path.  There is a 5cm upstand and a 22cm step down to get to the information board.

Information Information board detailing the quarrying history of the site on the right of the path. There is a 5cm upstand and a 22cm step down to get to the information board.

There is a 5cm step onto a flat wooden bridge with handrails on path sides leading to stairs of 14 steps, the last of which is 35cm in height.  The bottom two treads are about 1m long.

Step There is a 5cm step onto a flat wooden bridge with handrails on path sides leading to stairs of 14 steps, the last of which is 35cm in height. The bottom two treads are about 1m long.

At the bottom of the steps turn left.

Step At the bottom of the steps turn left.

Uneven muddy ground on a camber.
Short downhill slope - 16.5 degrees/31%

Surface Uneven muddy ground on a camber. Short downhill slope - 16.5 degrees/31%

Bear right to a 14cm step onto a 1m wide wooden bridge with handrails on both sides.

Step Bear right to a 14cm step onto a 1m wide wooden bridge with handrails on both sides.

Bear left to a 14cm step on and 20cm step off of 1m wide bridge with handrails on both sides.

Step Bear left to a 14cm step on and 20cm step off of 1m wide bridge with handrails on both sides.

View across Laundry Pool.  It's name originates from when the pool used to be used to wash the laundry from the nearby Staunton Harold Hall.  Beneath the water are the old mine workings and adits from when the site used to be a limestone quarry.

View View across Laundry Pool. It's name originates from when the pool used to be used to wash the laundry from the nearby Staunton Harold Hall. Beneath the water are the old mine workings and adits from when the site used to be a limestone quarry.

Uphill path 11.6 degrees/21.2%
Exposed tree roots

Gradient Uphill path 11.6 degrees/21.2% Exposed tree roots

Exposed tree roots

Surface Exposed tree roots

Exposed tree roots.  Uphill path 15.8 degrees/28.4%

Gradient Exposed tree roots. Uphill path 15.8 degrees/28.4%

Beware of hole on the left hand side and keep to the right.

Surface Beware of hole on the left hand side and keep to the right.

At marker post 5, bear right to 16 steps with a height of 18cm.  There is a partial handrail on the left hand side.

Step At marker post 5, bear right to 16 steps with a height of 18cm. There is a partial handrail on the left hand side.

View across the meadows

View View across the meadows

View across the meadows

View View across the meadows

Incline of 11 degrees/20%
Path 70cm wide

Gradient Incline of 11 degrees/20% Path 70cm wide

Incline of 9 degrees/15.8%

Gradient Incline of 9 degrees/15.8%

By marker post 6 - Incline of 16 degrees/29%.  Bear right at top of incline.

Gradient By marker post 6 - Incline of 16 degrees/29%. Bear right at top of incline.

Ground levels of but there are still exposed tree roots.  Fence runs along right side of path

Path Ground levels of but there are still exposed tree roots. Fence runs along right side of path

Exposed tree roots

Surface Exposed tree roots

Boardwalk with long wide treads.  9cm step to get onto step boardwalk.  9 steps in total, 21cm in height.  Steps are at regular intervals.  The boardwalk has a decline of 8.5 degrees/16%  There is also a slight camber in places.  There is no handrail and there is a drop to ground level on each side of up to 40cm.

Gradient Boardwalk with long wide treads. 9cm step to get onto step boardwalk. 9 steps in total, 21cm in height. Steps are at regular intervals. The boardwalk has a decline of 8.5 degrees/16% There is also a slight camber in places. There is no handrail and there is a drop to ground level on each side of up to 40cm.

View looking back up step boardwalk.

Path View looking back up step boardwalk.

Gradual decline with exposed tree roots with wooden rail fence on the right and stock fence on the left.

Path Gradual decline with exposed tree roots with wooden rail fence on the right and stock fence on the left.

Keep an eye open for all the many different types of fungi found on the reserve

Wildlife Keep an eye open for all the many different types of fungi found on the reserve

Step 7 steps uphill, 17cm in height with no handrail.

 

Path

6 steps downhill, 17cm in height with no handrail.

Step 6 steps downhill, 17cm in height with no handrail.

Gradual incline of 5 degrees/8.6%

Gradient Gradual incline of 5 degrees/8.6%

 

Path

Gentle decline of 5 degrees/8.6%

This area is carpeted with snowdrops in February.

At marker post 7 the path bears to the right.

Gradient Gentle decline of 5 degrees/8.6% This area is carpeted with snowdrops in February. At marker post 7 the path bears to the right.

Ignore the public footpath to the left and take the 35 steps downhill, 26 are 9cm high and the bottom 9 steps are 18cm in height.

Step Ignore the public footpath to the left and take the 35 steps downhill, 26 are 9cm high and the bottom 9 steps are 18cm in height.

Gradual decline towards the stream, note the wild garlic aroma.
Muddy in places

Path Gradual decline towards the stream, note the wild garlic aroma. Muddy in places

Marker post 8 is a view of the stream, if you're lucky you might see a king fisher

View Marker post 8 is a view of the stream, if you're lucky you might see a king fisher

Ignore the path to the left, bear right and then left to take the 16 steps uphill, steps are variable in height, the tallest being 24cm high with no handrail.

Step Ignore the path to the left, bear right and then left to take the 16 steps uphill, steps are variable in height, the tallest being 24cm high with no handrail.

There are some large tree roots.

Path There are some large tree roots.

Gradual decline

Path Gradual decline

Marker post 9 - view over pool to the left of the path.  Former quarry pit now filled with water.

View Marker post 9 - view over pool to the left of the path. Former quarry pit now filled with water.

 

Path

 

Path

Keep a look out for the remains of lime kilns on your left.  The pits were used to burn limestone to make quicklime which was a building material and used as fertiliser.

Path Keep a look out for the remains of lime kilns on your left. The pits were used to burn limestone to make quicklime which was a building material and used as fertiliser.

Turn left and return back to road up 14 steps the way you came.  Hand rails on both sides.

Step Turn left and return back to road up 14 steps the way you came. Hand rails on both sides.

Up 10 steps.  Handrails on both sides.

Step Up 10 steps. Handrails on both sides.

Path

Path Follow path along bridges and boardwalk back to the road, turn right and walk downhill along the grass verge back to the car park which is on your right.

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