Please note: Swimming or entering Blue Pool is not permitted at anytime
Know before you go
Entry feeFree to visit
Parking informationPark respectfully in the village of Bishops Itchington
Bicycle parkingUnfortunately there is no official bicycle parking
Unsurfaced footpaths may become difficult underfoot during wet weather due to the nature of the clay site.
Access is currently via the Parish Council Nature Reserve, the Yellow Land, that is found off Ladbroke Road. Currently there is a complex of permissive unsurfaced footpaths around the site that are not suitable for wheelchairs. In the future a surfaced route through the reserve will be installed.
When to visit
Opening timesOpen at all times
Best time to visitApril to September
About the reserve
Back in 1852 an aerial ropeway transported the waste material from the quarry which accumulated into the hill you find today. This low nutrient mound means a variety of lime-loving plants can grow which support a range of rare and important butterfly species such as the Small Blue (Cupido minimus) and Grizzled Skipper (Pyrgus malvae). Today the grassland, scrub and woodland plus the blue pool provide a rich mosaic of habitats for local wildlife. There are fantastic views from the top of the mound all the way into Leicestershire and Northamptonshire. We acquired this nature reserve in 2018 and the large piece of metal winding gear that is found at the top of the mound, which now forms a monument, was discovered when the woodland was cleared to provide an open corridor for wildlife. It represents that the heritage of the site has provided this fantastic site for people and wildlife. The main management of the site is to control scrub on the grassland and continue to provide a diverse structure of habitats that will accommodate and attract a variety of important wildlife.
There will be opportunities for people to get involved in volunteering at Bishops HIll – enabling local people to take positive action for wildlife on their doorstep. We will be hosting a meet and greet event for local people at the reserve on Thursday 1st August from 4-7.30pm. We will be leading guided walks of the reserve at 4pm and 6pm, as well as fun for all the family including games, crafts and trails. Please do come along and say hello.
If you are local to the site and have any past stories or photographs, we would be interested in hearing and seeing these as it will help us understand the site better and be able to interpret it to future generations. Please get in contact with Karl Curtis – Director of Reserves and Community Engagement on 024 7630 2912 or email – firstname.lastname@example.org