Thorne and Hatfield Moors

Humberhead Peatlands NNR

The Humberhead Peatlands comprise Thorne, Goole, and Crowle Moors, as well as Hatfield Moors and represent the largest area of raised bog wilderness in lowland Britain at 2,887 hectares in size.

The site is internationally important, both as an example of a lowland raised mire and for its breeding nightjars.

The Humberhead Peatlands are a remnant of a large wetland that occupied the floodplain of the Humberhead Levels thousands of years ago. They have been worked for peat throughout recorded history. The impact of this working has been to leave the remaining area with too varied a water table to allow peat formation.

Open Access on Hatfield and Thorne Moors

The Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000 (CRoW) gives you the right to walk freely in designated areas of Open Access and there are several waymarked paths across both Reserves for your enjoyment.

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  • Humberhead Peatlands National Nature Reserve
  • Hatfield Woodhouse
  • South Yorkshire
  • DN7 6BF