What's special about Lockeridge Dene and Piggledene?

Sun coming through the trees onto sarsen stones

Two sheltered valleys containing well developed 'boulder streams' of sarsen stones.

The National Trust looks after Lockeridge Dene and Piggledene because of the sarsen stones which are of ecological interest for the lichens and mosses they support as well as geological importance.

The area is now protected and is a haven for plant and insect life.

For part of the year the site is home to the White Park cattle as part of a conservation grazing programme. These are a rare breed which are ideally suited to the chalk grassland and wood pasture habitats found on this site and are the most effective method for controlling rank vegetation such as nettles and brambles in favour of chalk grassland species such as Birds foot trefoil, Knapweed and Fragrant Orchids.

The sites were purchased in 1908 following a public appeal and were our first countryside properties in Wiltshire. Prior to this and for hundreds of years the sarsen stones were removed to provide building materials and you will see that many local buildings are made of sarsen.

Lockeridge Dene is on the south side of the A4 whilst Piggledene is on the north.  If you are planning to visit then click below to access some useful information.

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Note: Please do not approach the cattle as they can be dangerous if they feel you are a threat to the calves.