Holywell Dene – Local Nature Reserve

Birdwatching Sites Holywell Dene – Local Nature Reserve

An ancient semi-natural woodland with a small fresh water stream that stretches from the small village of Holywell to Hartley on the coast. A Local Nature Reserve since 2003; Holywell Dene is home to Kingfishers, Dippers, Grey Wagtails and a good selection of woodland birds.

Holywell Dene can be easily accessed from Holywell Pond not far from the public hide. There are some well-maintained footpaths which help visitors to explore and enjoy the local wildlife.

The site is a favourite for Great spotted Woodpeckers, Treecreepers and a good variety of warblers during the summer months. A walk through Holywell Dene can be very relaxing and the site is well worth a visit whichever the season. There are nearby cycle paths, which allow visitors to easily explore the surrounding area.

A Blue Tit



Map Reference

NZ 334 750


  • Oak-ash woodland
  • Beech woodland
  • Wildflower meadows
  • Small freshwater river


There is free access to Holywell Dene.


There are toilets at St Mary’s and the nearby town of Seaton Delaval.


Visitors can park in Holywell village or Hartley.

Additional Information

Friends of Holywell Dene