Garbutt Wood Nature Reserve


Garbutt Wood Nature Reserve

This spellbinding woodland is at its most magical when the flowers are out in May and June, and the songs of redstarts, blackcaps and other breeding birds create an enchanting atmosphere.

From a cliff top height of 305m, the nature reserve tumbles 150m to its western boundary just above Lake Gormire. The Whitestone Cliff itself has a sheer face of around 15-21m.

Above the cliff you will find bilberry and heather moor, whereas below the boulder-strewn scree lichens, mosses and ferns abound. Here you will also find evidence of man’s activity as the sandstone from the cliff was quarried until 1840 and shaped into square sleepers for use on the railways.

Garbutt Wood Credit Jono Leadley

The main area of woodland consists mainly of birch, oak and holly, with pockets of other tree species including aspen, ash, sweet chestnut and sycamore, and is ideal for foraging for fungi in the autumn. The more open areas of the nature reserve are covered with bracken and scrub. In the north west corner of the site where springs have made it too wet for the bracken, remnants of the plants that once existed survive. Common fleabane, ragged robin and common spotted orchid are amongst the flowers that flourish.

Garbutt Wood Nature Reserve

Accessibility

Accessible parking

At Sutton Bank National Park Centre

Level access

Paths can be muddy, steep and uneven, with flights of steps and boardwalks. Wheelchair/buggy access is limited to the Cleveland Way from the National Park Centre to clifftop edge of the reserve.

Accessible public toilet

At Sutton Bank National Park Centre

For full details and facilities please visit Garbutt Wood's website

https://www.ywt.org.uk/nature-reserves/garbutt-wood-nature-reserve

Facilities

Garbutt Wood provides a range of facilities to offer you a fantastic day out

Gift shop

At Sutton Bank National Park Centre

Café/on site catering

At Sutton Bank National Park Centre

Car parking

At Sutton Bank National Park Centre

Children’s trails/adventure playground

At Sutton Bank National Park Centre

Toilets

At Sutton Bank National Park Centre.

Cycle parking facilities

At Sutton Bank National Park Centre

Picnic site

At Sutton Bank National Park Centre

Cycle hire

At Sutton Bank National Park Centre

Getting here

Contact us

Yorkshire Wildlife Trust
Tel 01904 659570
Email Yorkshire Wildlife Trust

Location

Sutton Bank National Park Centre, Thirsk, North Yorkshire YO7 2EH
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Grid Reference SE507833

Public transport

Moorsbus M4 (in summer) stops at Sutton Bank National Park Centre.

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