Family-friendly angling, easily accessible walks and wildlife watching in the heart of Albrighton.
Free car park on Rectory Road by St Cuthbert’s Church at Donington. Open dawn until dusk.
Albrighton near Wolverhampton. Car Park off Rectory Road, WV7 3EP.
Every day of the year.
This is a wonderful site that is well-loved by the local community and is a popular site for dog walking, picnics and informal games. There are opportunities for beautiful walks on hard-surfaced paths through St. Cuthbert’s Meadow, fishing on the scenic Donington Pool and wildlife watching. The historic St. Cuthbert’s well also sits within the site, a listed monument.
Representing the only significant area of green space in the village of Albrighton, this 5.4 hectare site is a vitally important refuge for wildlife and a valuable breathing space for local people. It lies within the valley of the Humphreston Brook. The Brook is flanked by mature alder trees.
The nature reserve is comprised of several different areas. The main part of the site is St. Cuthbert's meadow. This is a grassy area perfect for a kick-around or a picnic in summer. Some areas of vegetation are left long to encourage wildflowers and invertebrates. A pond dipping pool has been created at the edge of the meadow to give a safe place for young people to discover the secrets of underwater life. St. Cuthbert's Well is a historic pool surrounded by a path which weaves its way under beautiful old yew trees, a species often associated with pilgrimage.
Donington Pool itself is a valuable area for nesting wildfowl and a pretty lake to try a spot of fishing. There is good access to the edge of the pool and fishing pegs have been built to give a safe place for all the family to try their hand at fishing.
At the far edge of Donington Pool is a willow carr woodland area with stream channels and marshy areas. This rare habitat has great value for nesting birds and for wetland plants such as marsh marigold. Due to Health and Safety implications the woodland is only open on certain days and by prior arrangement.
The Humphreston Brook has historically represented the boundary between Donington and Albrighton. In the early 17th century a miller called John Talbot created Donington Pool by putting a dam across the brook at Rectory Road. His intention was to provide a constant supply of water to his mill. John Talbot was ordered to pay a fine to Donington but escaped a fine at Albrighton as he had been granted permission for his mill at an earlier date. The original pool John Talbot created was much bigger than it is today but through the process of succession is silting up and turning to marshland and wet woodland.
Things to see and do
- Take the family on a walk through the meadow or play some games on the open grassy areas.
- Take the nets and try some pond dipping. A pond has been created for this at the edge of St. Cuthbert’s Meadow.
- Try your hand at fishing. This is one of the few places where fishing is free (an Environment Agency license is still needed).
Albrighton is well served by local bus routes (891 and 892) and also has a railway station. The Monarch's Way long distance walk passes near the site.
Donington and Albrighton LNR volunteer group meet once a month on site to do practical work and also meet to discuss management of the site. Regular monthly work days please call 01746 781192 for dates and more information.
Friends of Donington and Albrighton Local Nature Reserve - www.dalnr.org