Know before you go
Parking informationCar parks can be accessed off the A426, via Yates Avenue or for RADAR key holders off the B4112 Newbold Road
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.
When to visit
Opening timesOpen at all times
Best time to visitApril 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wondering what you'll get out of joining the new work party? Here's some quotes from our volunteers!