Crackley Wood

Crackley Wood Bluebells

Sue Steward, New Leaf images 

This ancient woodland is a popular local nature reserve. Stroll through a network of shady paths and grassy, open glades spotting wildlife.


Just north of Kenilworth, on Crackley Lane just off A429

OS Map Reference

SP 287 738
A static map of Crackley Wood

Know before you go

14 hectares

Parking information

Car parking at several points on Crackley Lane

Grazing animals


Walking trails

Splendid strolls through a network of shady paths and grassy, open glades.

Crackley Family Adventure


There is a flat, circular path round the reserve


Dogs permitted


Accessible trails

When to visit

Opening times

Open at all times

Best time to visit

March to November

About the reserve

What's it like to visit?

Years ago this wood was coppiced but this was abandoned during the last century and sweet chestnut, sycamores and conifers were introduced. There are lots of grand oak trees and silver birch plus some ash and beech alongside.  Visit in May to enjoy the spectacular blanket of bluebells dotted with delicate wood anemone, yellow pimpernel and common dog-violet. The soils here are acidic, sandy and clay which suits wood sage, foxglove and bracken. In the damper corners you'll spot golden-saxifrage.  

Have fun while exploring our reserve - try our brass rubbing trail!

There are 8 posts to look out for with a different brass rubbing disc on each. Click here for our Crackley Family Adventure, a photo guide to help you with your trip and a printable activity sheet to go with the brass rubbing trail. The trail starts near the south car park, so please be aware of this if you park in the north car park. Done a brass rubbing on our trail? Please tweet or Facebook us with a picture!   

What is there to do here?

  • Admire the carpet of spring bluebells
  • Enjoy your autumn visit when you'll walk under a canopy of vibrant autumn colour 
  • Look down too and spot fungi like tawny grisette, dog stinkhorn and beefsteak fungus
  • If you're an invertebrates expert come to spot rare and nationally uncommon sawfly and three notable hoverfly species

Thanks to Warwick District Council for funding the brass rubbing trail here. If you enjoyed it try the trails at Kenilworth Common and Oakley Wood

Contact us

Karl Curtis
Contact number: 02476 302912
Contact email:

Environmental designation

Local Nature Reserve (LNR)

Location map