Valley of Stones National Nature Reserve

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I have only had a very quick visit to this site so can only say the views alone are worth a visit


 

Valley of Stones: rock on

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Site Details: 
Name of Location Valley of Stones National Nature Reserve
Highlights Views
Facilities
  • Parking can be difficult
  • No visitor facilities
OS Map Reference SY601874
Aspect Detail
Area Western Dorset
Geology Chalk
Manager Natural England
Hazards for the less able: 
Hazard Commentsort descending Description
Steep Slopes The descent to the valley is quite steep

Escarpments and downland are often left unfarmed and so have a diversity of plant life and become designated as nature reserves to protect those species that are present. Steep slopes in such environments can be a struggle to climb and the risk of falling will always be present and special care is needed. 

Rough Ground There are no made-up paths

Nature reserves exist for the wildlife and plants that are found there and are not always visitor friendly, especially some smaller reserves. The ground on some reserves can be very rough going even when there are paths present and would not be passable by those who are less mobile.

Styles There is a style at the entrance to the reserve

Styles over fences are not necessarily a hazard unless, of course, you are less mobile than you once were and have difficulty crossing them. They can also be quite high sometimes and occasionally one encounters a wooden style in need of repair.

Livestock There were some lovely long-horn cattle present on the day of my visit

Grazing by cows, sheep or horses is an essential part of the management plan on many reserves. The livestock themselves are not a hazard but their dung can be unpleasant and very slippery if you are unfortunate enough to step in it! Soft ground on reserves where cows are grazed can become very pitted, uneven and muddy. Some people, of course, are very nervous about being close to livestock. It is essential that dogs are kept on leads near livestock (but then should always be on leads on nature reserves) and it is also essential that gates are closed after you.

More site photos (see also link below): 

This map shows the location of the reserve (purple marker) and access points to the reserve (yellow markers). You can use the Google map controls to zoom in get a more detailed idea of where it is and where to park. If you click on a marker more information about directions,  sat nav co-ordinates and parking will display.

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