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Where to visit a limestone pavement

There are a number of places in the UK where you can go and see limestone pavement for yourself.

Grange-over-Sands limestone pavements

The Grange-over-Sands limestone pavements are easily accessible from the town of Grange which has good bus and train links.  The pavements on the side of Hampsfell are wooded and at the top is an expanse of open pavement with a view from the top taking in the Lakeland Fells and Morecambe Bay.  Well worth a visit!


Click here to view a pdf file of the leaflet "Limestone Landscapes the Grange Pavements" with information about the limestone pavements at Grange(838k download.)


Grange-over-Sands Copyright OS


Top of Hampsfell

Malham Cove

The most famous limestone pavement in the UK is that above Malham Cove in the Yorkshire Dales which receives a large number of visitors every year (From Malham Village grid ref SD 897 641). Click on the map image to see a larger scale map.

Malham - Link to larger scale map
Limestone pavement at Malham Copyright OS

Whitbarrow Scar

There are many other pavements which have public access. In South Cumbria these include Whitbarrow Scar (Footpath access from Witherslack Hall at grid ref SD 437 859) and Hutton Roof .


To see more about Whitbarrow Scar, click here to view a pdf file of the access leaflet (873k download.) Click on the map image to see a larger scale map.

Whitbarrow - link to larger map
Whitbarrow Scar Copyright OS

The Hutton Roof Complex

The Holme, Burton and Hutton Roof limestone pavement complex has some very interesting limestone pavement morphology, including The Rakes, an area of steeply sloping pavement which has a diamond shaped grike pattern.  (From Hutton Roof village at grid ref SD 570 783)


Click here to view a pdf file the leaflet "Limestone Landscapes" with information about Holme, Burton and Hutton Roof pavements (645k download.)


Hutton Roof and Burton Fell - link to larger map
Hutton Roof Copyright OS


The Rakes at Hutton Roof

Great Asby Scar and the Orton Fells

In the east of Cumbria, Great Asby Scar National Nature Reserve is an impressive pavement with a bridleway running through it (access from the south of Great Asby Village at grid ref NY 656 109). Click on the map image to see a larger scale map.


Click here to view a pdf file of the Orton Fells Limestone Landscapes leaflet (435k download)

The Orton Fells - Link to larger map
Limestone pavement at Asby Scar Copyright OS


Asby National Nature Reserve

Gait Barrows National Nature Reserve

Gait Barrows National Nature Reserve in North Lancashire is easily reached from the road and doesn't involve any climbing or steep walking. Access can be gained from the road between Arnside and Silverdale at grid ref SD 479 777. Click on the map image to see a larger scale map.


Click here to view a pdf file of the Natural England access leaflet (246k download.)

Gait Barrows - Link to larger scale map
Gait Barrows Nature Reserve Copyright OS

Great Orme

In North Wales, the Great Orme limestone pavements near Llandudno offer an impressive view over the sea (grid ref SH 276 384). Click on the map image to see a larger scale map.


Great Orme - Link to larger scale map
Great Orme's Head Copyright OS

Brecon Beacons National Park (Wales)

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Killykeegan, Crossmurrin National Nature Reserves (Northern Ireland)

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Marble Arch Caves (Northern Ireland):

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Republic of Ireland Nature Reserves:

- Keelhilla, Dromore Woods, Coole Park

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- The Burren National Park

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WARNING
Limestone pavements are dangerous places. When limestone pavement is covered in moss or plants, or is wet, the clints are extremely slippery. On shady limestone pavements, the grikes are often invisible due to vegetation cover. If you go and visit a pavement, make sure you wear suitable shoes, and wherever possible stick to public footpaths. The UK and Ireland Biodiversity Action Plan Steering Group accepts no responsibility for accidents as we encourage responsible behaviour on limestone pavements.

 

 

 

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