An abandoned limestone quarry with wonderful wildflowers

Location

West of Llynclys crossroads
Oswestry
Shropshire
SY10 8LN
Oswestry
SY10 8LN
A static map of Dolgoch Quarry

Know before you go

Size
3 hectares

Entry fee

No

Access

Footpath leading to the reserve. Contact the Trust for disabled access information.

Dogs

Dogs permitted

When to visit

Opening times

Open at all times

Best time to visit

April to August

About the reserve

One of a string of abandoned limestone quarries in the area, Dolgoch on a sunny summer’s day is a delight. A profusion of wild flowers grow on the limestone quarry floor, including yellow-wort, with its waxy, grey leaves, the upper ones cupped around the stem and star-like yellow flowers that shut in the afternoon. On the rock faces, look out for viper’s bugloss, with its bristly spikes of cobalt blue flowers.

There are two ponds here, providing homes for frogs, toads, newts, damselflies and dragonflies. The rocks are interesting too; within the limestone strata you may see fossils of sea creatures such as corals and shellfish that lived when this landmass that was to become England lay in a shallow sub-tropical sea. Look out for the oyster-like fossil shells of Gigantoproductus giganteus, 150mm across and, as its names suggests, the giant of its day.  

Directions: Park in the lay-by just west of Llynclys crossroads on the A495; cross over and follow the path between the houses. Carry on through a muddy area into woodland. Continue uphill past a waymark post and take the 2nd fork to the left, going up steeply. When you come into an opening look out for a path to your right. Carry on between boulders placed to prevent motorcycles. The path is often wet and muddy.  

Contact us

Shropshire Wildlife Trust
Contact number: 01743 284280

Location map