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Brae Pasture Nature Reserve

Visit Brae Pasture Nature Reserve for breathtaking views across the Ribble Valley. In summer, experience a multitude of plants and flowers, with an expanse of yellow rock-rose in June and the rare Alpine bistort, found here in one of its most southerly locations.

Whilst only covering two fields there is a considerable mix of habitats on this nature reserve including limestone pavement, acid grassland, calcareous flush and a wooded cliff gill.

In these habitats over 150 plant species have been recorded including the uncommon Oeder’s apple moss (so called as its capsules looks like miniature apples), as well as early purple orchid, violet and primrose. Butterflies like the small skipper and common blue thrive feeding off rock-rose, whilst curlew and snipe use the surrounding fields and may be spotted from the nature reserve.

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Public Transport

Nearest train station is in Horton-in-Ribblesdale.


Head north from Horton-in-Ribblesdale village on B6479. Pass under a railway bridge and travel on for ¾ mile. Once you pass a public footpath sign pull in shortly on your left. Access to the nature reserve is via a stone stile along the public footpath.


Want to see more of Brae Pasture Nature Reserve before your visit? Have a look below.

Brae Pasture Nature Reserve photos in our Flickr group


Nearby nature reserves

South House Pavement Nature Reserve
1 miles - Yorkshire Wildlife Trust
Ashes Pasture
3 miles - Yorkshire Wildlife Trust
Southerscales Nature Reserve
4 miles - Yorkshire Wildlife Trust

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Reserve information

Off the B6479, North of Horton-in-Ribbledale
North Yorkshire
BD24 0HU
Map reference
SD 790 741
Great for...
a family day out
stunning views
Best time to visit
Mar - Sep
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Opening Times
Open at all times
8.58 hectares
Public footpath. Contact the Trust for disabled access information.
Walking information
Public footpath.
Pay and display car park.
Dogs must be on lead
Grazing animals
Sheep and cattle graze from late summer into late autumn after the traditional late summer haycut
Reserve manager
Yorkshire Wildlife Trust
Tel: 01904 659570


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