Fen Bog Nature Reserve

Fen Bog Nature Reserve

Combining stunning views of the North York Moors landscape with a terrific range of plants, insects and upland birds, Fen Bog is a delightful moorland nature reserve situated between the summits of Tom Cross Rigg and Crag Stone Rigg and takes the form of a long curving piece of land that is bounded at both ends by moorland streams.

The mire bottom has some of the most unusual species of the sphagnum moss in the region, which have survived and flourished largely due to consistent management by the Trust. The land is dependent on regional rainfall and appropriate levels of drainage to keep the mire in peak condition.

View of Fen Bog - Credit James Hines

The site is good for butterflies with small pearl-bordered fritillary and large heath both occurring in early summer. Curlew can be heard calling from the surrounding moors and whinchat, wheatear and meadow pipit all breed. Look out for merlin passing through.

If you time your visit well, you may also see a steam train pass down the Pickering railway line adjacent to the nature reserve.

There is a rough track from the car park to viewpoint. Beyond the viewpoint paths may be steep, uneven and unsurfaced.

Fen Bog nature reserve


For full details and facilities please visit Fen Bog nature reserve's website



Car parking

There is room for several cars on the track next to the gate- please park considerately.

Getting here

Contact us

Yorkshire Wildlife Trust
Tel 01904 659570
Email Yorkshire Wildlife Trust


White Way Heads, Goathland, North Yorkshire YO18 7NT
(To west of A169 just south of Eller Beck Bridge.)
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Grid Reference SE 857 982

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