Created 3-Aug-15
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Hidden away quite close to Kenilworth in Warwickshire is what used to be a lane running down to the village of Ashow called Rocky Lane. Having been severed by the Coventry to Warwick Bypass its now just a well worn public footpath with an old sandstone bridge passing over the top of it. At this point most walkers do not bother to venture away from the path but if they were to, they would come across a wooded area which once formed one of the original driveway entrances to Stoneleigh Abbey. There used to be an old sandstone built gatehouse at the entrance to the drive which once stood on the Kenilworth to Leamington road but has been long demolished to make way for the road island over the bypass. In spring to early summer this wood can be quite spectacular as the surviving Rhododendrons which have grown into large sprawling bushes burst into bloom over lush beds of Bluebells and Red campion to name but a few! During the couple of years that these images were taken some work had been carried out to remove some of the old and damaged trees and thick undergrowth leaving the ground scarred in places. These areas were quickly taken over by swaths of Foxgloves and many other species of native flowers. There is a well worn footpath which encircles the wood but be aware if there has been heavy rain this path is crossed by drains which carry water away from the bypass and can become rather muddy in places. I believe this woodland still forms part of the Stoneleigh estate but have not heard of any restrictions to access and have never seen any notices or signs to say otherwise!

Categories & Keywords
Category:Lifestyle and Recreation
Subcategory:Rural Life
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Keywords:Warwickshire Woodlands

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