Know before you go
Contact the Trust for access information.
When to visit
Opening timesOpen at all times
Best time to visitApril to September
About the reserve
The gutter in question is a gentle brook that flows along the bottom of this wonderfully rich grazing pasture on the slopes of Titterstone Clee into the River Rea. A rich mosaic of plants grows in this mostly boggy meadow; more than 100 flowering species have been recorded. But you need to seek them out and get down on your knees to appreciate their variety. Dry and wet areas have different species; look for cross-leaved heath, ling and bell heathers; bog asphodel, sundews and butterwort. In late summer you may find the rare marsh gentian here. In summer watch out for dragonflies, specialities include the keeled skimmer and the large golden-ringed dragonfly. Directions Take A4117 from Ludlow then, on the right hand bend at Doddington, go straight across and along Catherton Common. After 1 mile pass a junction with a telephone box. Go straight across. After ¼ mile turn right by the chapel. Park on the verge and walk down the track on the right. Alternatively, park on Catherton Common and do a circular walk including the reserve.