Town Kelloe Bank

Town Kelloe Bank Nature Reserve

Town Kelloe Bank

One of the most extensive areas of primary Magnesian Limestone grassland in Britain contained within a unique post-glacial landform


Town Kelloe Bank Nature Reserve
A static map of Town Kelloe Bank

Know before you go

5 hectares

Grazing animals


Walking trails


Terrain: Moderate
Access by guided visit only.

Access and Parking
The reserve is located between Trimdon Grange and Coxhoe, on a minor road 500m east of the hamlet of Town Kelloe. There are no footpaths on site and the site is grazed for much of the year therefore access is by guided visit only.

Public Transport
Buses are available from Durham to Kelloe but the reserve is some distance on foot from the nearest stop. Private transportation is recommended.


No dogs permitted

When to visit

Opening times

Open at all times

Best time to visit

June to July

About the reserve

Town Kelloe Bank has a unique and very distinctive landscape with diverse flora and fauna.

It was shaped by the last ice age and is located within what remains of a glacial lake meltwater channel system. The steep sides of the winding valley are primary magnesian limestone grassland.

Blue moor and quaking grass, glaucous sedge and meadow oat-grass flourish on the thin soils of the valley sides. Fragrant orchids and classic magnesian limestone herbs such as wild thyme, salad burnet, milkwort, and autumn gentian also thrive.Large amounts of common rockrose provide food for the larvae of the northern brown argus butterfly. Other butterflies include common blue and small copper.

Managed areas of hawthorn, bramble, blackthorn and gorse scrub alongside ash woodland enhance the wildlife interest. North facing slopes, with wet flushes, support butterwort and the largest population of birds-eye primrose found in County Durham. Due to the sensitivity of the magnesian limestone grassland, visitors are asked to restrict access to the valley floor and not climb over the fences onto the slopes.

Contact us

Durham Wildlife Trust
Contact number: 0191 584 3112
Contact email:

Environmental designation

Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI)