Cross Hill & Salthill Quarries, Clitheroe

Tuesday 29th May, 2018

Today we visit the limestone quarries of Cross Hill and Salthill, situated on the northern edge of Clitheroe in the Ribble Valley.  An industrial site now, thanks to work by the Lancashire Wildlife Trust, reclaimed by nature.  Part of the Cross Hill site runs alongside the River Ribble and in the main quarry area are plants which thrive in lime-rich, shallow soil; we could see cowslips, sanicle, burnet saxifrage as well as, in damper areas, moschatel. There is also a small woodland area.  The Salthill reserve is also rich in lime-loving wildflowers.  The circular walk will take us through flower-rich grassland, scrub and ash woodland.  A sunny day should see plenty of butterfly activity.  Walking distance will be approximately 3 miles on designated pathways. Toilets will be accessed en route.

Leaders: Sally Tetlow and Alice Gingell
Minibus transport; depart Unitarian Church 9.30am; Cost: £8 

Pick-ups along The Branch - Keighley route