A Look at the Croxley Common Moor
Croxley Common Moor is situated at the base of Whitacre Heath, a prominent sandstone outcrop located in the Midland Wales, England. The name was given to the area in the mid-Atlantic Period, with a reference to “The Village of Croxley”. It has been referred to as being one of the most important points of the South Wales coastline, providing access to major rivers such as the Usk and Pennine Rivers as well as affording access to the sea. This has made it a popular place for fishing, water sports and for cycling. It was also identified by the British Army as a strategic military crossing point during the Second World War.
The area was originally designated as a Marine Conservation Area, to protect the marine life and environment of the area surrounding the coastal dunes. It is thought that the prehistoric croxley common moor was a favourite summer bathing spot for local fish and birds. A sandstone bed is formed behind the dune, supporting an abundance of shells and other beach pebbles from the prehistoric deposits. Wildlife remains can also be found here including stone foxes, crocodiles, badgers, a variety of birds and a rare bottlenose dolphin.
Today, there are a number of visitor attractions available to explore. The Wheatsheaf and Fell Paradise Campsite offers a wide range of facilities, including toilets, water, and secure picnic areas. A special scientific interest area allows birders to observe some rare plant life and rare woodland species. An open air picnic bar provides a pleasant and relaxing atmosphere for visitors to the park.
Another important part of the natural environment at the site of the Wheatsheaf and Fell Paradise Campsite is the croxley green. This is a beautiful and thriving ecosystem which provides habitat to a wide variety of wildlife, including the rare white-tailed deer, mule deer, elk, foxes and coyotes. The fragile and delicate eardrums of the native bird population are protected by a fence stretching around most of the park. It is thought that the presence of the croxley common moor remains little affected by the modern agriculture practiced around the area, as local farming has not led to substantial levels of loss of wetlands or other areas of prime habitat.
Another significant site at the park is the Sssi Gorge. This is a unique natural geological feature in hertfordshire. It is the highest point in the area and provides a breath taking overlook from which the Sssi River can be seen. The two mile long Sssi Gorge Walk follows the river and was built to accommodate the walking needs of those who wished to explore the area without having to venture out onto the busy river. It offers excellent views of the Gorge and the surrounding area and is also a good place for a picnic.
Other highlights of this special scientific interest include the Dinosaur Stone, with its distinctive orange/red luster; the Wheatsheaf, with its prehistoric grave, and the Sssi Gorge. There are also many other attractions such as the Wheatsheaf Adventure Park, the Wheatsheaf Caravanning Site and the Trentham Palace. The Wheatsheaf is the first permanent accommodation of its kind at the park and is run on the principles of the Autobiography and Ethnography Association. This was built in 1998 after a visit by Prince Charles. There are also a couple of campsites available to rent direct from the park managers.