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Wappenbury Wood

A semi-natural woodland rich in plants

This reserve is a large semi-natural ancient woodland. It is rich in plants, butterflies and birds. Please note that Wappenbury Wood is closed to the public on Wednesdays and Saturdays.


Mentioned in the Domesday Book, records show that Richard of Wappenbury was given modest rights over the woods. By the end of the 15th Century, the wood was known by its present name and provided a source of fuel, building materials and hunting opportunities for the local community.


Medieval ridge and furrow plough markings found to the north of the woods, ancient bank boundaries, and the age-old pathway known as Nunwood Lane all provide further evidence of the woods’ age. Nearly clear-felled twice in the 1940s and 1950s, the wood was left to regenerate naturally, helping to increase diversity and contributing to its ecological excellence today. Now, with their network of grassy rides and glades, these beautiful woods offer tranquil walks through a wildlife treasure trove.


Historically, an impressive 88 species of birds have been recorded, with plentiful sightings of warblers, woodpeckers and tawny owl.


What's it like to visit?

A large woodland to explore with great history. On a sunny day you may spot butterflies like white admiral and purple hairstreak. 


What is there to do here?

  • Pause and listen for birdsong
  • Visit in spring for the bluebells
  • Admire the ancient trees and guess their ages
  • Look out for muntjac deer


Nearby nature reserves

Old Nun Wood
0 miles - Warwickshire Wildlife Trust
Bubbenhall Wood and Meadow
1 miles - Warwickshire Wildlife Trust
Ryton Wood
1 miles - Warwickshire Wildlife Trust

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Reserve information

2km west of Princethorpe
CV23 9QA
Map reference
SP 381 709
Great for...
ancient trees
spring flowers
Best time to visit
Jan - Dec
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Opening Times
Open daily except Wednesdays and Saturdays.
75.60 hectares

Paths around the reserve are accessible to all. Some paths can become wet and muddy in poor conditions. Two designated disabled parking spots (marked by signage) on Nunwood Lane (bridleway). Accessible route into the wood: start at the disabled parking bays, follow the bridleway around to the right. The kissing gate on the left by the farm has a Radar key option but takes in quite a steep path. Follow the bridleway (Nunwood Lane) to the field gate at the end where there is also a kissing gate with Radar key access.
Walking information
Wheelchair and buggy access; access for all paths, some paths along rides get very wet and muddy
Park in layby on Burnthurst Lane. Two designated disabled parking spots (marked by signage) on Nunwood Lane (bridleway) just by the farm.
No dogs allowed
Grazing animals
Reserve manager
Karl Curtis
Tel: 02476 302 912 from reserve pages