Small pleasures come free at Dimminsdale Nature Reserve

Staunton Harold, Leicestershire

Just a few small snowdrops bring cheer to the colder, shorter days of England’s winter, and seen at Dimminsdale, they’re simply breathtaking.

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Wrap up and take a walk out at the head of Staunton Harold Reservoir, right on the edge of Leicestershire’s county border with Derbyshire.

Just 50 yards from the road bridge, on the B587 towards Calke Abbey, you’ll find the entrance to Dimminsdale Reserve. And there, if your timing is right, will be masses of snowdrops with their unspoken promise of the springtime to come.

It’s a Site of Special Scientific Interest, so please tread carefully and be sure to stay on the paths. Several old mineshafts remain in the Reserve.  If it’s not too cold, stay out longer and enjoy this lovely area, all part of The National Forest.

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