Dimminsdale is a 6.5ha nature reserve owned by Severn Trent Water and managed by the Leicestershire & Rutland Wildlife Trust. The whole reserve has been affected by its history of mineral extraction. Limestone and lead mining took place in the 18th and 19th Centuries and, when these ceased, the quarries flooded to create pools and brooks. The varied geology has resulted in a good mix of habitats - scrub, damp woodland, open water and glades. Each Spring, the reserve is carpeted with a spectacular display of snowdrops.
A branch of the Ashby to Ticknall tramway was opened in 1830 to carry the burnt lime off-site. Remains of the line can be seen.
Please use the link on the right to access Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust's website.