Welches Meadow, Leamington Spa

Sledging and skating in Leamington

With the recent snowfall in the county (a tiny sprinkling in Leamington) it reminded me of snow days and skating on the iced Welches Meadow off Willes Road in Leamington.

The meadow is cared for by Warwick District Council and the Warwickshire Wildlife Trust and it is believed to have been created as a flood defence in the 1840s.

Lots of wildflowers, birds and other wildlife

The area is approximately 17 acres and has lots of wildflowers, birds and other wildlife. There is a noticeboard to give details of what you can see.

I remember as a child in the 70s and 80s going to nearby Newbold Comyn to sledge and Welches Meadow to skate when it had frozen over. It was always very busy and there were people on proper skates whizzing around whereas we were just sliding along in our wellies. My mum remembers skating on the ice when she was a child in the 1930s.

Did you skate on the meadow? What wildlife have you seen there?

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