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A secluded and tranquil railway cutting and embankment where a wealth of wildflowers can be seen in the summer along with many species of butterfly.
From May to August Waitby Greenriggs is a succession of fascinating wildflowers. Plants typical of upland meadows such as wood cranesbill, oxeye daisy, knapweed, yellow rattle, and betony are abundant in the grassland. You may need to look closely to spot the birds-eye primrose flowering in the wetter areas of the reserve in May. In June you can find the striking yellow globe flower and salad burnet. In July you will find meadowsweet, harebell and restharrow, whilst later in August blue flowers of devil’s bit scabious are easy to spot. You may have to look carefully to see the white petals of the slender grass of parnassus or the diminutive pale mauve autumn gentian.
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By car: From A685 between Ravenstonedale and Kirkby Stephen take the minor road signed Smardale (0.75km/0.45 miles south west of Kirkby Stephen West Station). Take the right hand turn for Waitby, go under the railway bridge and turn right at junction. Waitby Greenriggs Nature Reserve is approximately 0.75km/0.45 miles from this junction.
By bicycle:The reserve is 1km/0.5 miles from National Route 71 Walney to Wear.
By public transport:Trains run from Appleby in Westmorland and Dent to Kirkby Stephen West. Buses run from Oxenholme, Sedbergh and Brough to Kirkby Stephen