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Gorpley Clough
LNR Type: Rural
County: West Yorkshire
Natural England
Regional Team:
Yorkshire and the Humber
Year of Declaration: 2005
Declaring Authority: Calderdale Metropolitan Borough Council
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Grid Reference: SD 919 235
Location: 1 mile up Bacup Road, to west of Todmorden, OL14 7
Owned by: Calderdale Metropolitan Borough Council & Yorkshire Water
Managed by: Calderdale Metropolitan Borough Council
Link to site map: Click here to open the site map from the MAGIC web site.
How to get there: From the centre of Todmorden take the A6033 road towards Littleborough, turn right onto the A681 at Gauxholme. Follow this road for approx 1 mile. There is a small car park at the bottom of the clough on the left hand side. Park here and hop over the stile next to the old building to enter Gorpley Clough.
Visitor facilities: A very small free car park is located at the foot of the clough and parking is available further down the road however this is also limited. There is a circular walk that takes visitors around the site and ranger led walks occur in summer months.
What to see: Gorpley Clough is a steep sided upland clough. Oak, birch woodlands cover both sides, while a stream tumbles down the middle. Sections of the upper clough have been developed into wetland areas. This is an important area for birds such as woodpecker and redstart, while insects and butterflies can be seen in the summer months. There is also evidence of mining on site that could be home to bat species.
Contacts for further information and how to get involved: Dave Wilson
Tel: 01422 886371
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