Know before you go
Parking informationNo car park. Park in the local area. Please park sensibly and do not block resident's driveways.
Flat in parts, muddy in winter, various entrance gates, numerous paths
Flat in parts, some steep paths
When to visit
Opening timesOpen at all times
Best time to visitSpring and Autumn
About the reserve
Now a Local Nature Reserve, Kenilworth Common has a long history traced back to its creation in 1756. Back then it offered rough grazing land and was covered with heathland and acidic grassland. There were no more grazing cattle after the 1800's and oak and birch trees moved in, creating the woodland we enjoy today.
What's it like to visit?
Finham Brook babbles along the southern edge of the reserve. The brook provides a rich fishing ground for the spectacular kingfisher, and a population of brown trout lurk in its shady waters. Split by the Coventry to Leamington Spa railway, the reserve still has remnants of heathland, which is now a rare habitat in Warwickshire. There's bracken and wavy hair-grass with broom and heath bedstraw all further reminders of a habitat once common locally.
Gorse and heather grow outside the reserve on undisturbed slopes where slow-worm and common lizard have been observed. This reserve brings a delight with every season. Spring flowers colour the woodland floor and summer welcomes fairytale glow-worms. In autumn a range of fungi appear including amethyst deceiver, ugly milkcap and fly agaric, whilst a crisp winter visit provides clear viewing of colourful finches, tits and jays.
What is there to do here?
- Try our brass rubbing trail
- Spot kingfishers flitting across Finham Brook
- Identify summer woodland wildlife
- Become a fungi detective in autumn
Have fun while exploring our reserve - try our brass rubbing trail!
There are two routes to follow, both starting just off Common Lane. The red trail which has 5 waymarker posts starts the very bottom of the hill (with the brook to your left) and explores the eastern part of the reserve, sometimes referred to as the "Little" or "Lower" common. The blue trail has 6 waymarker posts and explores the larger western part of the reserve, with the Coventry to Leamington Railway dividing the two. Please note these are not right beside the car parking area. Look out for the first ‘starting marker’ complete with QR code.
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