Stoke Bruerne Brick Pits

Stoke Bruerne Brick Pits - John Farebrother

Stoke Bruerne Brick Pits

A peaceful haven for wildlife next to the Grand Union Canal


7 miles from
A static map of Stoke Bruerne Brick Pits

Know before you go

6 hectares

Entry fee


Grazing animals


Walking trails

Fairly accessible, although paths can be very wet


Not suitable for wheelchairs or pushchairs


On a lead

When to visit

Opening times

Open at all times

Best time to visit

March to June, July to September

About the reserve

This reserve is an old brickworks started after 1792 by the Grand Junction Canal Company to provide material for the canal locks, walls and the Blisworth tunnel. The demise of the brickworks has left a site of considerable variety, with a reed bed, rough and damp grassland, a number of ponds and the redundant side arm of the canal. As well as a variety of plant life, the ponds provide an important habitat for invertebrates, and a number of dragonfly species occur on the reserve. White-legged damselflies have been recorded here, a species which has a very limited distribution in Northamptonshire. The grassland provides cover for a range of small mammals, which also makes it an ideal feeding ground for barn owls. 

Scroll down to see the reserve boundary. Please note the boundary map is for indication purposes only and does not show the Wildlife Trusts definitive land boundary.

Contact us

Contact number: 01604 405285

Location map

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