Ryton WoodParks & Walks
- All the family
- Under 5s
- School age
Ryton Wood is one of the country's largest surviving semi-natural ancient woodland.
History of Ryton Wood
Arguably the best of the Princethorpe Woods, Ryton Wood covers 85 hectares, has been designated as an SSSI and boasts an extensive list of notable species.
Parts of Ryton Wood date back to the 11th century, so the land may have been wooded since the end of last ice age.
Forty or so species of tree and shrub have been identified, with oak the dominant tree. An abundance of honeysuckle, our county flower, scrambles through the lower-growing hazel - enjoy its sweet perfume on summer days.
What might you spot at Ryton Wood?
For bug-lovers there is plenty of variety to be found in the wood plus its one of the best sites for butterflies in Warwickshire. Species to be seen include white admiral, purple hairstreak and silver-washed fritillary. Regular recordings of moths have recognised an impressive 570 species, of which four are nationally scarce.
There is an extensive network of paths and rides in the wood. Visitors are asked to keep to waymarked walks to avoid becoming lost. Paths are relatively flat, with some wet and muddy stretches.
Dogs are permitted on a lead.
Parking at Ryton Wood
Members' car park through the padlocked gate on track off A423 Oxford Road or Ryton Country Park off Leamington Road