Access in Summary
Car Parking/Drop Off
There are two car parks for this Reserve. The pay and display car park at Over Haddon offers access to the east end of the Palmerston Wood Trail. There is also a small car parking area for disabled visitors near the Reserve entrance. At the western end of the Reserve, near Monyash, you can park to gain access to the Grassland Walk.
There are two accessible toilets located in the car park at the start of the Grassland Walk.
Palmerston Wood is a destination walk which runs adjacent to the river on one side and the woods to the other. The route begins at the bottom of the hill below Over Haddon and follows a wide path suitable for wheelchairs and pushchairs. Along the path you will pass landmarks including the ruins of Mandale Engine House and Bateman's House.
Just inside the entrance to the Reserve is a Natural England sign depicting current location and details of the two Lathkilldale trails.
The main pathway is wide and relatively flat. Passing is possible, as is access for wheelchairs and Pushchairs. To the left of the main pathway at 900 metres is a small footbridge leading to Bateman's House. This may not be accessible to all owing to the steep incline and decline on either side of the footbridge.
At approximately 2km, the end of Palmerston Wood Trail is indicated by a Natural England Sign showing current location.
The National Nature Reserve at Lathkilldale runs from the village of Over Haddon in the east to Monyash in the west. The majority of the Trail runs adjacent to the river and offers beautiful views of the Derbyshire countryside. This trail is approximately 3.2km in length and is a destination walk.
There is signage to indicate the start point of the Grassland Walk. In addition there are details of wildlife that can be seen along the trail.
As the trail leads into the old Lead Mine the pathway narrows and begins to meander through the rock formations.