Bryworth Lane Railway

Bryworth Lane Railway

This small reserve is an important habitat and potential connectivity feature for limestone grassland plants, butterflies, reptiles and amphibians.


Bryworth Lane, between Lechlade and Fairford
A static map of Bryworth Lane Railway

Know before you go

1 hectare

Entry fee


Grazing animals





On a lead

When to visit

Opening times

Open at all times

Best time to visit

All year round

About the reserve

This 300 yard stretch of disused railway was formerly part of a 25-mile-long branch line from Witney, opened in 1873, which ran to Fairford.  An area of calcareous grassland  in the middle of this linear reserve hosts a wide diversity of calcareous grassland species, probably due to the presence of limestone ballast from the former railway track.  The reserve is also home to slow worms, toads, smooth and great crested newts.

Contact us

Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust
Contact number: 01452 383333