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Nosterfield LNR North Yorkshire

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One of the county's premier wetland sites. Primarily a wet grassland (former sand and gravel quarry) of over 50 hectares. The reserve is managed by the Lower Ure Conservation Trust (LUCT) and is Hambleton DC's only LNR; it lies 10km north of Ripon and 1.5 km northeast of West Tanfield.

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Telephone: Lower Ure Conservation Trust - 01765 602832


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The reserve car park is alongside Moor Lane, mid-way between the villages of West Tanfield and Nosterfield. Two-hourly daytime buses serve both villages. For more details and a map, please visit LUCT website.


Free of charge. Permissive footpaths to West Tanfield, Nosterfield, hides and car park open year round.


Car park for 20+ cars at SE278795; space for a coach but please contact LUCT in advance.


The small interpretation building/bird-hide adjoining the car park has good disabled access, as does the Tanfield Hide (c. 400m from car park). The permissive footpath to the Northern Viewing Screen (near Nosterfield village) has a short steep section (over 1 in 10). Extensive interpretation boards about reserve, birds, management and local landscape history. Please note - NO toilet or refreshment facilities.

Key Areas / Routes

The Main Lake, with associated interpretation building/bird-hide is a good site to view waterfowl and waders – telescopes are recommended as views are extensive. Waders are at their best as water levels drop from seasonal highs. Walk along permissive footpath towards Nosterfield and the Northern Viewing Screen is good for passerines and for closer views of birds at North Lake. The Tanfield hide offers best light in the afternoon and evening.

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