Rixton Clay Pits

Explore Rixton Clay Pits 

Once a brick clay quarry, Rixton Claypits is thriving with wildlife and is now regarded as a Special Area for Conservation (S.A.C.). This ex-industrial nature reserve boasts breeding Great Crested Newts within the excavated ponds and you can surround yourself in a diversity of rich wildflowers in the various meadows. Explore the quiet tranquillity and feed your curiosity with Information boards, viewing platforms, bridges and boardwalks bringing you closer to the wildlife.  

This project is enhancing this area by removing encroaching scrub (undesirable trees trying to disrupt the wetland habitat ecosystem) and reconnecting two Great Crested Newt populations by improving the ditch and pond network on site.  

Useful info 

This nature reserve has a visitor centre with classroom space for hire, toilets including a separate disabled toilet and baby changing facilities. Well surfaced footpaths make it ideal for pushchairs and wheelchair access, with a variety of circular walks around the site. Dogs on leads are welcome. This site has a private car park off Manchester Road (A57) and can be easily reached by the number 100 bus stop near Moat Lane.

Opening times 

The nature reserve can be accessed 24 hours a day. 


Rixton Claypits Visitor Centre, Manchester Road, Rixton, Warrington, WA3 6EB

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