Little Beck Wood Nature Reserve
In a sheltered, secluded valley in the North York Moors lies lovely Little Beck Wood, close to the beauty spot of the Falling Foss waterfall and home to a wealth of wildlife.
A lush, characterful woodland of oak, ash, alder and cherry, Little Beck Wood is split into two by Little Beck – the perfect place to see dippers and grey wagtails. Look out for woodland birds including great spotted woodpecker, marsh tit, nuthatch and treecreeper, and spotted flycatchers in summer. In spring and early summer, the woodland floor bursts into life, with wood anemone, bluebell, primrose, moschatel and early purple orchids. However, the reserve is at its best in autumn with a wealth of golden and russet colour and an abundance of fungi.
Combine a trip to Little Beck Wood with a circular walk that also takes in Falling Foss – and the tearooms! Be aware there are steep, uneven and unsurfaced paths throughout the woodland.