As you progress along the railway track bed you will come to a clearing on your left and a sign which reads ‘No Horse Riding’. The footpath to the left of the sign leads to a conservation area of wild flowers. In the summer months, this area provides a natural habitat for rare butterflies.
The small skipper butterfly has rusty orange coloured wings, upper body and the tips of the antennae. It’s body is silvery white below and it has a wingspan of 25–30 mm.
The ringlet butterfly has brown wings are adorned with small, yellowish-rimmed eyespots and a wingspan of 35–42 mm.
The small copper butterfly has bright orange fore-wings with a dark outside edge border and eight or nine black spots. Its hind-wings are dark with an orange border. The undersides are also patterned but paler.
Wildlife conservation area. Springtime at Brinsley Brook. (56 seconds).
After crossing the footbridge, a set of steep wooden steps leads up to the tandem headstocks and a commemorative tree carving. Take care when climbing the steps. Visitors with limited mobility can access the headstocks and tree carving via the gate opposite Vine Cottage.