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Near Kirkby Stephen, Cumbria, CA17 4HG.

Smardale Gill, near Kirkby Stephen is a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and a National Nature Reserve (NNR). A great Smardale Viaductdiversity of plant species can be found here including Bluebells, primroses, wild garlic and many fern species. Birds including redstart, wood warbler and pied flycatcher whilst buzzard, treecreeper and sparrowhawk can be seen.

Unusual plants include bloody cranesbill, fragrant and butterfly orchid.

Smardale Gill is one of only two sites in England where the Scotch argus butterfly can be seen. Other butterflies include dark green fritillary, common blue, northern brown argus and dingy skipper. 

More information on Smardale Gill can be found on the Cumbria Wildlife Trust website.

Miles: 10