Tewkesbury Nature Reserve is a short walk from the centre of town along Barton Street and just past the hospital, opposite Morrison’s supermarket.

It covers an area of 44 hectares (108.7 acres) and lies between the Priors Park and Wheatpieces housing developments. The central Ordnance Survey grid reference for the site is SO 898 318.

Parking

We have installed a small car park at the main entrance (off the A38, opposite the Wheatpieces public house). In addition we are only a few hundred yards from the numerous pay and display car parks in Tewkesbury. Our parking is free but if you wish to make a donation online to support the reserve you can.

Site Map

If you are looking for ideas for activities you can do at the reserve, head over to our “what can I do?” section.

Facilities

Please note there are no facilities (such as toilets or catering) on the reserve. The Wheatpieces is a family-friendly pub and restaurant, located opposite our main entrance. There are numerous coffee and tea shops, restaurants and public houses in the centre of Tewkesbury, only a few minutes’ walk away.

Please note also that most of the paths on the reserve are natural grass paths, which can be muddy at all times of the year depending on the weather: please wear appropriate footwear. The reserve is liable to flooding following heavy rain and can become inaccessible.

Location

Footage by CD Productions

Our unique location, only a few hundred yards from the historic centre of Tewkesbury and only a mile from junction 9 the M5 motorway, provides the opportunity to offer a valuable recreational area to the town and to bring wildlife to the doorstep of some 20,000 people, while also potentially attracting visitors from much further afield.

The River Swilgate flows into the reserve from the south, and the Tirle Brook from the northeast: these two water courses converge within the site, and flow out at the northwest towards Tewkesbury Abbey, and the River Avon. The reserve is situated on a floodplain, and is subject to regular inundation. To the west and south the reserve is bordered by the busy A38 Tewkesbury Bypass, and to the east, west and north it is surrounded by residential and commercial development.

The reserve occupies 44 hectares of land to the south-east of Tewkesbury, bordered by the A38 Tewkesbury by-pass to the south and east; the A438 (from Tewkesbury town centre to M5 Junction 9) to the north, and the Stonehills and Priors Park residential estates to the west.

There is currently no access to the reserve for vehicles. There are several pedestrian entrances. Our main entrance is from the A38 (off the roundabout for the Wheatpieces estate). The closest entrance to Tewkesbury town centre is from Link Road.