Daneway Banks

Daneway Banks

David J Slater

Daneway Banks is a fantastic example of limestone grassland, which is managed in partnership with the Royal Entomological Society (RES) both as a nature reserve and a place of ecological study. Its slopes are rich with wildflowers and home to a variety of butterflies, and is widely regarded as one of the best places in the world to see the large blue butterfly.

In spring and summer the banks explode with colour from orchids, rock-rose, cowslips and other flowers whilst the air buzzes with the sound of bees and the occasional croak from a raven overhead.


Half a mile west of Sapperton.
A static map of Daneway Banks

Know before you go

17 hectares

Entry fee


Grazing animals


Walking trails

This reserve is part of the Golden Valley Wildlife Way.




On a lead

When to visit

Opening times

Open at all times

Best time to visit

All year

About the reserve

The nature reserve is an excellent place to spot butterflies, between June and July you might catch a glimpse of the rare (and once extinct in the UK) large blue butterfly that was reintroduced to the reserve. Other butterflies that are seen regularly on the reserve includes the dark green fritillary, marbled white and small blue.

The rare cut-leaved germander and cut-leaved selfheal flower on Daneway Banks in late summer. One of the most striking features at the reserve are the large ant hills made by the yellow meadow ant. In some parts of Gloucestershire the hills are known as "emmet casts", "emmet" being the old English word for ant.

Daneway Banks is part of the Golden Valley Wildlife Way, which includes Strawberry Banks, Three Groves Wood and Siccaridge Wood nature reserves.

Contact us

Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust
Contact number: 01452383333

Environmental designation

Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI)

How to get there:

Post code:  GL7 6LN

Grid reference: SO 93887 03420

Full directions:

FROM STROUD: From A46 / A419 roundabout. Follow the A419 east of Stroud for 6.8 miles. At the Chapmans Cross crossroads (look for a sign marked Sapperton/Cherington) turn north towards Sapperton. After 0.9 miles turn left at the crossroads signed towards Edgeworth/Bisley. After 0.7 miles you will see The Daneway Inn on the right hand side. 

FROM CIRENCESTER: Head west on the A429/Bristol Road. At the Stroud Road roundabout take the 3rd exit/A419 west towards Stroud for 3.4 miles. Then take a slight right towards Sapperton and follow for 1.7 miles. The Daneway Inn will be on your right. 

FROM CHELTENHAM/GLOUCESTER: From the Air Balloon roundabout take the A417 to Stroud. After 0.9 miles turn right onto the B4070 and stay on this road through Birdlip and for another 2.1 miles. Turn left onto Calf Way at the Fostons Ash Inn, then left again after 0.2 miles. Continue for 3.3 miles. The Daneway Inn will be on your left. Access to the banks is from the right hand turn towards Waterlane. 

Parking Capacity: Follow the road past the pub and over the bridge. On the right hand side there is a lay-by with some parking. Please park considerately.