Category: Parks & Countryside
Just north of Kenilworth old town, on Crackley Lane just off the A429, this ancient woodland of 14 hectares is a popular Local Nature Reserve. Crackley Wood is best to visit between March and November, but it is open at all times.
Stroll through a network of shady paths and grassy, open glades spotting wildlife. Years ago this wood was coppiced but the practice 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.
Autumn is a spectacular time of year to 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.
There are a number of walking trails, including a brass rubbing trail which starts near the south car park. Look out for the 8 posts along the trail, each with a different brass rubbing disc.