Limekiln Wood c. Paul Lane

Limekiln Wood c. Paul Lane

Candlesnuff c. Sue Tatman

Candlesnuff c. Sue Tatman

Limekiln Wood Autumn c. Sue Tatman

Limekiln Wood Autumn c. Sue Tatman

Limekiln Wood

Part of an ancient semi-natural woodland with a variety of birdlife and a large small mammal population

Location

Near Mow Cop,
Congleton
Cheshire
CW12 2NU
A static map of Limekiln Wood

Know before you go

Size
13 hectares

Entry fee

No

Access

No. Sorry this reserve is closed to the public.

Dogs

No dogs permitted

When to visit

Opening times

Sorry this reserve is closed to the public.

Best time to visit

Sorry this reserve is closed to the public.

About the reserve

Clinging to the north-west slope of the Mow Cop ridge, Limekiln Wood is one part of a larger wood complex that has cloaked the ridge since the end of the last Ice Age. The trees reflect the thin soils and exposed location rising above the Cheshire plain: oak, downy birch and rowan predominate, with alder in the wetter patches and dense stands of holly beneath the canopy. There are a number of wet flushes through the wood, and these are home to a particularly rich ground flora. Opposite-leaved golden-saxifrage, marsh marigold, yellow pimpernel, meadowsweet and lesser celandine are all abundant. In drier areas honeysuckle, greater stitchwort, wood sorrel and foxglove add colour. A visit in the autumn will reveal a variety of fungi with evocative names such as foxy spot, stinkhorn and blushing bracket.

Contact us

Cheshire Wildlife Trust
Contact number: 01948 820728
Contact email: info@cheshirewt.org.uk

Environmental designation

Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI)