Site of Biological Importance and Local Nature Reserve.
This Site of Biological Importance and Local Nature Reserve forms an attractive area of dense natural woodland on steep banks around the River Spodden valley. The Dell is a popular local visitor attraction due to the quality of the scenery (which includes spectacular waterfalls), its biodiversity (which includes a varied bird population and a resident population of Roe deer) and its industrial archaeology (the area contained water powered ancient corn, wool and cotton mills). A disused 1800s railway line is now a nature trail with magnificent views from a 100-foot high viaduct. There are extensive areas of woodland protected by Tree Preservation Areas (TPO’s).