Globeflower Wood Nature Reserve
Know before you go
Parking informationA pull in area is available next to the cattle grid.
There is no access onto the nature reserve but it can be viewed from over the boundary wall. This would not be possible from a wheelchair.
When to visit
Opening timesOpen at all times
Best time to visitMay to September
Despite its small size, Globeflower Wood is of great interest due to the concentration of globeflowers and other tall herbs. The golden yellow globeflowers create a wonderful display, blooming alongside great burnet, water avens, meadowsweet and melancoly thistle. Large sycamores are in the drier eastern corner, whilst willow scrub with some hazel, alder and birch has developed in the wet area.
The nature reserve is a triangular limestone walled enclosure largely composed of ungrazed damp meadow fringed by various small willows.
Due to its small size and dampness the reserve is a fragile site and whilst there is a stone step stile in the wall there is no public access. The globeflowers and other plants can be easily viewed by looking over the wall.
The limited management of the site is essentially to help this small area remain frozen in time, ready for the opportunity for the flowers to spread back into the surrounding area.
- Spring: Plants - Water avens; Birds - Willow warbler
- Summer: Plants - Wood cranesbill; Melancholy thistle; Globeflower; Meadowsweet
- Autumn: Birds - Migrant hawker; Chaffinch
- Winter: Birds - Robin
Globeflower Wood is one of the Trust's smallest and also oldest nature reserves. The site was aquired in 1963, when the farmer who had kept this parcel of land ungrazed, because he liked the display of globeflowers, decided to sell his farm, but wanted to ensure that the flowers were protected.
The nearest train station is at Settle, with occasional buses to Malham.
From Settle take the B6479 to Langcliffe. Turn right onto New Street in Langcliffe village. Stay on this road as it becomes Henside Road. The nature reserve is about four miles from Langcliffe and a mile west of Malham Tarn.