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Country Park, free entry


Swift Valley Nature Reserve


Old Brownsover Lane,
CV21 1XX


The Country Park land, obtained as part of planning permission for a nearby commercial development, now enables Rugby's residents to visit the countryside without travelling far from the town centre.

The site was opened to the public in late August 2003 by Sir David Bellamy, and contains a large wetland area made by diverting the adjacent river. Hard surfaced paths which are compliant with the Disabled Discrimination Act 2004, informal grass paths, extensive areas of new planting, a canal towpath, cycle routes, a bridleway and a car park provide accessibility, whilst offering users a chance to become 'one with nature'.

One route allows direct access from the canal network through the site onto the footpath network to the north of the town.

The Country Park also provides a 'dog exercise area', which is the only area in the town where dogs can be let off their leads.

A very dense bird population exists especially around the pools. Birds include lapwing, snipe and song thrush. Dragonflies and damselflies are abundant and in 2004 the small red-eyed damselfly was recorded here for the first time in Warwickshire. The first moth recording night produced over 60 species along with a healthy bat population.

Opening details

Open Daily.


Free entry


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