Wetlands & dragonflies

Duration:2 hours or less
Activity:Nature 'wows'

If wetland plants, insects and beautiful, countryside are your thing, then you have come to the right place, Duddon Valley’s Nettleslack Bog. On balmy summer days you will see Dragonflies, Damselflies & Chasers hovering above and around the Sundews, Bog Asphodels and Mosses. If you just fancy a short walk in close proximity to your car in a beautiful natural environment then you just can’t go wrong. Please note: On the OS map it shows a footpath running directly through the wetland/bog. This has now been removed as it is not safe to do so. Access can be made by following the boardwalk around to the left finally adjoining the small bridge ahead, or alternatively by heading slightly uphill to your right with excellent views across the wetland, farm and valley. It can be wet/muddy underfoot at times. Great for some quite family time or just a peaceful stroll.

Further Information

Planning your visit: Although there are no built facilities (toilets, refreshments etc.) at the site/parking area, they are readily available both in Seathwaite village (Newfield Inn) and Broughton-in-Furness (various cafés, pubs & public toilets). Ulpha Post Office (in the Duddon Valley) sells sandwiches, drinks & general provisions. Petrol stations (x2) available in Broughton-in-Furness.

How to get here: Please note that there is no public transport directly to the site.

From Broughton-in-Furness continue for 0.5 mile towards Millom (A595) turning sharp right in front of the traffic lights at Duddon Bridge (do not go over the bridge) into the Duddon valley. Continue straight ahead for 12km/7.4 miles, passing Ulpha Bridge, Ulpha Post Office, Hall Dunnerdale Bridge, Seathwaite Village (Newfield Inn) & Seathwaite Bridge. Access to the wetland from the car parking area please follow the public access fingerpost down slope.

By Clive Stretton

Area Ranger - West Lakes (Duddon & Eskdale valleys)

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How to get here

Nettleslack Bog, Duddon Valley

Seathwaite LA20 6

Ordnance Survey OL6
The English Lakes
South Western area

SD 232 973

Get Directions

By Train and Bicycle: Cyclists can take National Rail services from Grange over Sands, Barrow-In-Furness, Whitehaven and Carlisle to Foxfield. From here, the quiet lanes of the Duddon Valley can easily be explored by bicycle.

Telephone: 08457 48 49 50