Swift Valley Nature Reserve in Rugby is a hidden gem.

It’s a grassland with hedgerows, woodland and wetland adjacent to the River Swift and a disused canal.  Believe it or not, this nature reserve is tucked between some fairly busy roads and an industrial estate.

You’d never think that as you’re wandering around though.

What’s at this nature reserve in Rugby?

With traditional pasture, small woods, hedges and landscaped wetlands, the nature reserve is full of nature and wildlife to capture the kids imagination.

You’ll find the River Swift, two pools and a marshy floodplain. This means that swans, ducks and lots of different birds are often around for kids to spot.

There are also walks and trails to do to help burn off some energy.

The open space itself offers an abundance of nature, wildlife and little pathways for kids to explore. While we were there, we saw dragonflies, different birds, swans and butterflies, as well as lots of pretty wildflowers.

With a free car park, and dogs welcome on leads, it’s a nice little picnic spot or walk for little legs.

What you need to know

  • DOGS ALLOWED? Yes, on leads.
  • PICNIC PLACE? Yes, there are tables dotted around and lots of grassy space for blankets.
  • TOILETS? No.
  • ADDRESS: Brownsover Rd, Rugby CV21 1HU

Visit Warwickshire Wildlife Trust for more information.

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