At this local nature reserve, you will find wildflowers, woodlands and a brook

Free car parking

Accessible paths

Picnic area

Dogs welcome

Find us

We are located off Measham Road in Oakthorpe, DE12 7RF.

There is a free car park next to the site that is open daily from 9am – 4pm through October to March and then 9am – 7pm from April to September.

Opening times

Our parks are open all days of the year.

What to see and do at Saltersford Valley Picnic Area


Saltersford Valley is a seven-hectare site in the National Forest which has open water areas known as ‘flashes’. These result from mining subsidence that causes the Saltersford Brook to flood. You can also find native woodland and open grassland areas which feature wild flowers.

The site was designated as a local nature reserve in 2004.


There are stone-surfaced paths for visitors to follow, where you can get a great view of the lake. You can also relax and take a break at our picnic area.

The paths are suitable for all users. Wheelchair users will need assistance in some places.