Ashlawn Cutting

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


0.5 miles south from the centre of Rugby, off Ashlawn Road.
CV22 5JX

OS Map Reference

SP 516 732
A static map of Ashlawn Cutting

Know before you go

22 hectares

Parking information

Car park situated off of Ashlawn Road (B4429) or small layby on A428 at northern most end of reserve.

Grazing animals


Walking trails

Main central path with unsurfaced routes for detours.


Flat with good wheelchair access to the bottom of the cutting at Onley Lane. Steep sides elsewhere. Floods in winter and can be very wet.


Dogs permitted


Accessible trails

When to visit

Opening times

Open at all times

Best time to visit

December 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   

Contact us

Karl Curtis
Contact number: 024 7630 2912
Contact email:

Environmental designation

Local Nature Reserve (LNR)

Location map