Maidendale Local Nature Reserve
Located next to a major housing estate, the Maidendale Nature & Fishing Reserve provides local people with a chance to access the natural environment right on their doorstep. It has a carefully managed mixture of habitats, which attract a variety of wildlife, and also provides a quality facility for keen anglers. This newly created site, on the southeast edge of town and bounded by farm land to the west was designed with both local people and wildlife in mind.
The site was established in 2002 from former agricultural land as a conservation and recreation facility created to encourage, promote and enhance sustainable recreation, nature conservation and education. There are three disabled access entrances and a network of footpaths (pushchair and wheelchair friendly), pond dipping platforms and board walks.
A Friends Group was set up in 2011-12 and works with Darlington Borough Council to encourage greater diversity and numbers of wildlife. The group meet to litter pick, repair paths and manage the scrub and meadow.
There are cycleways throughout the site and a walk up to Sculpture Hill provides views over the reserve, Darlington town and the surrounding farmland.
Grid Ref: NZ 3113