Alcester is a small country town in South Warwickshire, situated at the junction of the Rivers Arrow and Alne. The River Arrow rises in the Lickey Hills south of Birmingham and flows into the River Avon five miles south of the town at Cleeve Prior. The town is set in beautiful countryside consisting of hills, woodland, meadow, pasture and and heath land. The town dates back to Roman times and was the site of a substantial Roman camp and fort on the Icknield street, which ran from Wall near Lichfield to Cirencester. You can find out more at the Roman Alcester Heritage Centre in Priory Rd.
This small but varied nature reserve is the jewel in Alcester's crown. Despite being located within the town and surrounded by habitation it is a surprisingly peaceful place. Enjoy the trees, flowers and riverbank. Who knows, you may even catch a glimpse of a kingfisher! The reserve is maintained by the Friends of the River Arrow Nature Reserve working in association with Warwickshire Wildlife Trust.
Oversley Wood is an area of ancient woodland under the ownership of the Forestry Commission. There is open access to the wood. The wood is situated about one mile south of the town.
Grove Hill Nature Reserve
Grove Hill is a limestone escarpment to the west of Ardens Grafton which is two miles south-west of the town. There is an impressive display of orchids in the early summer. There is a superb panoramic view of Oversley Wood from here. This is a privately-owned reserve managed by Warwickshire Wildlife Trust.