Clintz Quarry Nature Reserve

Clintz (also known as Clints) Quarry, located at Woodend, near Egremont, is a nature reserve with a 450 year history. Rock extracted from the quarry was used for building, agriculture and in the local steel making business. The site is an area of Special Scientific Interest.

Clintz Limestone Quarry is a fascinating place, where entry is free. Spoil heaps rise 20m from the ground, with tracks weaving in, out and over. There is an abundance of flowers, trees, ponds and wildlife.

Damp conditions between the spoil heaps are ideal places to find northern marsh and common spotted orchid. The drier slopes of the spoil heaps offer up wild strawberry, ox-eye daisy, centaury, mouse-eared hawkweed, bird’s-foot trefoil and knapweed. Bee and pyramidal orchids are there too.

The quarry was abandoned in the 1930's. Natural colonisation by nature has helped it become what you see today, helping to support habitats and species that are now scares in the wider countryside.

In the 1980's the quarry was threatened with becoming a landfill site. The land was purchased by Cumbria Wildlife Trust from Lord Egremont, and was saved for future generations.

  • Clintz Quarry lies 1 mile north of Egremont. Take the A5086 towards Cleator then the first left signed for Moor Row. Parking is in a layby on the right just after the junction or 100m further on opposite the reserve entrance.

Entrance to Clintz Quarry
Entrance to Clintz Quarry


Clintz Quarry Pond
Clintz Quarry Pond


Clintz Quarry Pond
Clintz Quarry Pond


Clintz Quarry Spoil Heaps
Clintz Quarry Spoil Heaps


Poppy :)
Poppy :)


Clintz Quarry Pool
Clintz Quarry Pool


Clintz Quarry - Deep Water
Clintz Quarry - Deep Water

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