Malton Nature Reserve


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  • Terrain: Moderate
  • Size: 6.4 hectares
  • OS Map: 307
  • Nearest Postcode: DH7 0TP
  • Nearest Town: Lanchester
  • Grid Reference: NZ 180 460
Although relatively small in size, Malton has a wide variety of habitats, including oak woodland, mature hedgerows, ponds, meadows and scrub.

You would never know it, but Malton is a former colliery site where even the remaining colliery shale provides habitat for lichens and insects.

The reserve’s ponds attract an array of wildlife from the unusual bulrush wainscot moth that lives in the stems of reed mace to great crested newts and dragonflies.

Reserve Map & Access

Terrain: Moderate
Mixed with some pathways but not suitable for limited mobility.

Acess and Parking
The reserve is 750m east of Lanchester just off the A691. Follow the signpost for Malton Picnic area where parking is available. Leave the car park and head south over river bridge past Officials Terrace and follow the track east to the reserve entrance.

Public Transport
There are regular buses from Durham to Consett. Get off at Lanchester, Durham Road (A691). From there turn right and follow the path to Malton.

Dogs
Welcome, but on leads at all times.

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