Know before you go
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.
Various routes around the reserve, some are more accessible than others.
When to visit
Opening timesOpen at all times
Best time to visitDecember to September, January to December
About the reserve
Here at Ashlawn Cutting you can try one of our 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 and green hairstreak butterflies. 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.
What is there to do here?
- Listen to birdsong
- Follow the trail and do the actions!
- Make a journey stick: a memento of your walk from collected fallen items
- Stop and cloud-watch on a sunny summer's day
- Spot colourful berries in Autumn
- Forage for blackberries in Autumn