About Raincliffe and Forge Valley Woods National Nature Reserve
Nestling just outside Scarborough, flanking the steep east and west facing slopes of the Derwent river valley, Forge Valley woods are one of the best examples of mixed-deciduous woodland in north-east England.
Forge Valley and Raincliffe Woods provide an ancient woodland gateway to the National Park, and are full of historic environment features including Neolithic burial mounds, ancient holloways and industrial heritage. There are also strong geological influences upon the area that have left a complex arrangement of different rock types, hydrological processes and diverse flora and fauna. The site is also an important green space for the local community providing access to wild places via a myriad of walking and cycling routes, providing a sanctuary for people to improve their physical and mental health and wellbeing.
The site includes a fully accessible boardwalk through the Forge Valley, which is home to rare wildlife such as water vole, otter, beautiful damoiselle, white letter hairstreak butterfly, marsh tit, willow tit and woodcock.