Credit: © Artur Budnicki

An Introduction

The Humberhead Peatlands are located in the north of England, UK. They comprise Thorne, Goole, and Crowle Moors, as well as Hatfield Moors and represent the largest area of raised bog wilderness in lowland Britain at 2,887 hectares in size. The site is internationally important, both as an example of a lowland raised mire and for its breeding nightjars. The Humberhead Peatlands are a remnant of a large wetland that occupied the floodplain of the Humberhead Levels thousands of years ago. They have been worked for peat throughout recorded history. The impact of this working has been to leave the remaining area with too varied a water table to allow peat formation. To restore the Peatlands and return them to favourable condition, Natural England and the Doncaster East Internal Drainage Board are undertaking extensive restoration works on Thorne and Hatfield Moors. The project is supported by LIFE+ Nature, which is a financial instrument of the European Union.

News From The Reserve

To find out more about what's happening on the Humberhead Peatlands, please visit our Facebook page.

Newsletter Download

Credit: © Natural England


Bringing Lowland Raised Bogs to Life digital newsletter. Download published newsletters:

Credit: © Natural England

Moor Space

A joint partnership publication for the Humberhead Peatlands National Nature Reserve. Downloadable pdf editions:


Find Us

The closet towns to the Humberhead Peatlands are Goole, Doncaster, Thorne and Scunthorpe.

Credit: © Natural England

The downloadable maps include details of the access points on to Thorne, Hatfield and Crowle Moors. They also detail the walking routes on each of the Moors.

Thorne - DN8 4NA download map

Hatfield - DN7 6DS download map


How to get to the Humberhead Peatlands

Click here to get to the Humberhead Peatlands by public transport and car