Know before you go
Parking informationCar parking on the road verge, extreme care should be taken as the entrance is on a busy road near a blind bend
A public footpath skirts the western edge of the reserve
Steep slopes and loose rocks, not be suitable for wheelchair users; access is through a gate which may be locked out of season to discourage antisocial behaviour
When to visit
Opening timesOpen at all times
Best time to visitApril to July
About the reserve
Clapgate Pits consists of a long, disused quarry with a rich and varied limestone flora - the best in North Lincolnshire - which includes several plants rare in the county. Notable among these are pale St John's-wort, squinancywort and wall germander, a national Red Data Book species, often a garden escape but considered here to be of native origin. This was also formerly the most northerly site in Britain for pasqueflower but the plants were apparently dug up by vandals in 1969.
Scrub that had enveloped much of the quarry has been cleared. Occasional sheep grazing is helping to restore and maintain the grassland flora. Access is restricted to a public footpath that skirts the western edge of the reserve during the grazing season. Due to the sensitive flora of the site, please take care not to trample the flowers.
Cars may be parked on an area of hard standing next to the roadside gate. Extreme care should be taken when arriving at or leaving the site as the entrance is located on a busy road near a blind bend.
Nearest postcode DN20 0BJ. Please note - postcodes are for the nearest registered address as we are unable to get postcodes for nature reserves.