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Cliburn Moss National Nature Reserve

Cliburn Moss National Nature Reserve

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Cliburn Moss National Nature Reserve is a basin mire which supports an unusual range of fen, bog and heath communities with several rare and scarce plant species.

The mosaic of habitats offers a varied and interesting visitor experience throughout the year.

In May and June, there is a fine display of cotton grass in open areas of mire habitat, where the tiny emerald green hairstreak butterfly can also be found. The pink and yellow flowers of ragged robin and bog asphodel dominate areas of fen.

A visit in late summer is always rewarding, with the flowering heather creating a purple haze
across the heathland.

The reserve is managed by Natural England to maintain the variety of habitats and species present on the reserve, whilst also providing a safe and enjoyable experience for visitors.

An information booklet on the reserve can be downloaded via the eTour link above.

Accepts groups

Children welcomeDogs acceptedGuided tours for groups

We accept groups on the basis that they are pre-arranged. Access around the Reserve: There is a way-marked route which passes through the main habitat types, starting from the car parking area. It is about 1.3kms in length and will take around 30 minutes to walk. Although the site is flat, the rough terrain makes it unsuitable for wheelchair users. We recommend that visitors remain on marked trails as the reserve lies on thin peat soils which are easily eroded and damaged. A longer route goes around the perimeter of the reserve and returns to the car park. Well controlled dogs are welcome on the NNR. We aim to maintain a high quality visitor experience so we therefore ask you to be responsible and remove any dog mess and take it home. Please keep your dog on a lead at all times to protect grazing animals and ground nesting birds and other wildlife such as red squirrels. The nearest toilets and refreshment facilities are in local towns and villages.

Open all the time

Prices

Free entry

Contact

Natural England

016973 50005

Address

Cliburn,
Penrith

Location

Directions

Plan route to Cliburn Moss National Nature Reserve using Google mapsPlan route using Google maps

Map reference: NY 578256  Lat: 54.62377 Long: -2.65510

Cliburn Moss National Nature Reserve is c 5 miles south east of Penrith. From Penrith take the A6 south and go through Eamont Bridge. After c 1 mile turn east towards Cliburn village. The reserve is accessed from this minor road. Look out for the roadside sign which directs you to the designated car park area which is 450m along the track signed to South Whinfell Farm. There is space for 8 or so cars.

Bikes
The reserve is near Route 71 (the Eden Valley Cycle Route) of the Sustrans National Cycle Network. Bikes are not permitted on the reserve but a cycle rack is available at the car park.

Bus
Route 132 runs from Penrith Bus Station to Cliburn village on Fridays only. For more information, see the Traveline website.

Train
The nearest train station is in Penrith. There is only one bus to Cliburn on a Friday, but taxis are available from the station.

Parking: free

Facilities

  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
  • Children welcomeChildren welcome
  • Dogs acceptedDogs accepted
  • Guided tours for groupsGuided tours for groups

We accept groups on the basis that they are pre-arranged. Access around the Reserve: There is a way-marked route which passes through the main habitat types, starting from the car parking area. It is about 1.3kms in length and will take around 30 minutes to walk. Although the site is flat, the rough terrain makes it unsuitable for wheelchair users. We recommend that visitors remain on marked trails as the reserve lies on thin peat soils which are easily eroded and damaged. A longer route goes around the perimeter of the reserve and returns to the car park. Well controlled dogs are welcome on the NNR. We aim to maintain a high quality visitor experience so we therefore ask you to be responsible and remove any dog mess and take it home. Please keep your dog on a lead at all times to protect grazing animals and ground nesting birds and other wildlife such as red squirrels. The nearest toilets and refreshment facilities are in local towns and villages.

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