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Ashlawn Cutting

A disused railway cutting - now a valued local nature reserve.


Here at Ashlawn Cutting you can try one of our new, interactive, measured mile trails! Get the kids out, active and enjoying nature. It's only one mile long with activities along the way, to keep your young ones running to the next post. “Flap your wings like a butterfly”, “hop like a frog” and “scurry like a beetle” along the route.

The trail follows the track bed and starts at the Ashlawn Road entrance - follow the wooden markers!  


This is a good site for common blue butterflies and increasing numbers of Small Heath and Silver-washed fritillaries in mid-summer. Slicing through lias clay soils, this disused railway cutting holds a splendid collection of flowering plants. Surrounded by farmland and housing on the outskirts of Rugby, this reserve has steep banks of grassland, scrub and some small pools. 


There are plenty of dragonflies here plus frogs, toads and newts, which are an ideal food source for grass snakes that are occasionally seen here.


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Nearby nature reserves

Windmill Spinney
2 miles - Warwickshire Wildlife Trust
Cock Robin Wood
2 miles - Warwickshire Wildlife Trust
Newbold Quarry
3 miles - Warwickshire Wildlife Trust

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Reserve information

0.5 miles south from the centre of Rugby, off Ashlawn Road.
CV22 5JX
Map reference
SP 516 732
Great for...
Insect spotting
historical interest
spring flowers
Best time to visit
Dec - Sep
Jan - Dec
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Opening Times
Open at all times
22.00 hectares

Various routes around the reserve, some are more accessible than others.
Walking information
Flat with good wheelchair access to the bottom of the cutting at Onley Lane. Steep sides elsewehere. Floods in winter and can be very wet.
Car park on Ashlawn Road (B4429)
Dogs allowed
Grazing animals
Reserve manager
Karl Curtis
Tel: 02476 302912 from reserve pages