Hedleyhope Fell

Hedleyhope Fell Nature Reserve

Hedleyhope Fell

One of the largest examples of mid altitude heathland in County Durham


Hedleyhope Fell Nature Reserve
Tow Law
A static map of Hedleyhope Fell

Know before you go

202 hectares

Grazing animals


Walking trails


Terrain: Moderate
Mixed terrain with three marked walking trails. Trail one is accessible for those with limited mobility around the top of the Fell.

Access and Parking
The reserve is located east of Tow Law and both car parks can be accessed by turning off the B6301 Tow Law to Cornsay Colliery Road at the top of Hedley Hill. Enter the reserve directly from car parks.

Public Transport
No public transport available at this time. Private transport is recommended.


On a lead

When to visit

Opening times

Open at all times

Best time to visit

March to July, August to September

About the reserve

One of the largest mid-altitude heathlands remaining in County Durham, Hedleyhope Fell is a mosaic of heather, bilberry, acid grassland, rush pasture, bracken beds, patches of gorse and scattered trees.

Common lizard and slow worm make their home at the Fell as well as twenty butterfly species, including green hairstreak.

Heathland plant life flourishes, including bell heather, cross-leaved heath, crowberry, bilberry, cotton grass and several rarer plants such as petty whin, stags-horn club moss and adder’s tongue fern.

The heather provides an impressive display of colour in late summer and autumn.

Bird life includes lapwing, skylark and curlew and the woodland on site supports stonechat and tree sparrow. Several species of owl can also be seen on the reserve.

Hedleyhope Fell is the Trust’s largest nature reserve and is well served with car parks and footpaths. The Fell is a common and is grazed by common holder’s livestock year round.

Contact us

Durham Wildlife Trust
Contact number: 0191 584 3112
Contact email: mail@durhamwt.co.uk

Environmental designation

County Wildlife Site