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Newbold Quarry

A large pool edged with grassland and woodland attracting plenty of wildlife.

This site consists of a large pool created after quarrying finished in 1920 and natural springs flooded the pit. In spring the pool hosts breeding toads and aquatic plants provide cover for great crested grebe and coot. In winter the lake welcomes tufted duck, pochard and little grebe. 

The lime-rich clay heaps support many lime-loving plants and a wide range of butterflies. 

Hawthorn edges the woodland of ash and sycamore where a wonderful veriety of songbirds congregate including finches, tits and warblers. 


What is there to do here?

  • Head up the steps for a fantastic view over the pool
  • Forage for blackberries and damsons in Autumn
  • Join in with our regular work party!


Do you live in Newbold and fancy living a wilder life? Ever wanted to learn a new skill? Meet local like minded people? Help wildlife? Or maybe you just appreciate a good cup of tea in the great outdoors! Thanks to support from Warwickshire Public health we have been delivering taster sessions at Newbold Quarry reserve in Rugby. Volunters have been working on a number of practical tasks to care for the reserve and we are hoping to continue this with a regular work party.

Tasks can be adapted for all abilities and no previous experience is required as all training will be provided. For more information contact




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Swift Valley Nature Reserve
1 miles - Warwickshire Wildlife Trust
Windmill Spinney
3 miles - Warwickshire Wildlife Trust
Ashlawn Cutting
3 miles - Warwickshire Wildlife Trust

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Reserve information

Located at Newbold on Avon, north west of Rugby
CV21 1AY
Map reference
SP 497 770
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Best time to visit
Apr - Aug
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10.50 hectares

Various paths around this reserve. Some paths are accessible for wheelchairs and pushchairs. Contact the Trust for more information.
Walking information
Part of the reserve has wheelchair access, steep slopes in parts
Car parks can be accessed off the A426, via Yates Avenue or for RADAR key holders off the B4112 Newbold Road
Dogs allowed
Grazing animals
Reserve manager
Karl Curtis
Tel: 02476 302912 from reserve pages