Newbold Quarry

Explore this reserve tucked away at the edge of Rugby with a lake and woodland attracting plenty of wildlife.


Located at Newbold on Avon, north west of Rugby
CV21 1AY

OS Map Reference

SP 497 770
A static map of Newbold Quarry

Know before you go

11 hectares

Parking information

The car park in Egerton Close can be accessed off the A426, via Yates Avenue

Grazing animals


Walking trails

Part of the reserve has wheelchair access, steep slopes in parts


Various paths around this reserve. Some paths are accessible for wheelchairs and pushchairs. Contact the Trust for more information.


Dogs permitted

When to visit

Opening times

Open at all times

Best time to visit

April to August

About the reserve

Be surprised by this peaceful reserve so close to the town! Quarrying for blue lias rock for the local cement industry finished in 1920 and natural springs flooded the pit. The lake is now home to white clawed crayfish and in spring it hosts large numbers of breeding toads.

What's it like to visit?

Enjoy a circular route round the lake and spot wildlife as you go! At the top of the steps you'll have a fantastic view over the lake. 

What might you spot?

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 variety of songbirds congregate including finches, tits and warblers. 

What is there to do here?

  • Walk up the path to appreciate the stunning view over the pool. 
  • Pick blackberries in autumn
  • Listen to birdsong     

As part of our Green and Healthy Rugby project Warwickshire Wildlife Trust set up a taster work party at Newbold Quarry.

We were supported by Warwickshire Public health to deliver taster sessions at Newbold Quarry reserve in Rugby. Over the winter months the group worked on a number of practical tasks to care for the nature reserve and have now decided to carry on as a regular work party. 

If you would like to get fit in the fresh air, meet local people who care about Newbold Quarry's wildlife and enjoy tea and biscuits, come and join them! 

To find out more about volunteering with the group please contact our Volunteer Co-ordinator, Wendy Knott on 024 7630 2912 or email

Wondering what you'll get out of joining the new work party? Here's some quotes from our volunteers! 

“I enjoyed this morning, I just love being in the woods.” Cock Robin Wood Volunteer
“I’m thoroughly enjoying being part of the team and starting the week in the fresh air. I just feel better!” Cock Robin Wood Volunteer
“I feel great having done something active all morning and I enjoy doing it outside, regardless of the rain!” Swift Valley Volunteer.
“I’m looking forward to retirement even more when I can dedicate more time to this project. I’m keen to keep active once I retire and learn more about reserve management” Swift Valley Volunteer

Contact us

Karl Curtis
Contact number: 024 7630 2912
Contact email:

Environmental designation

Local Nature Reserve (LNR)

Location map