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Jones' Rough

A small steep limestone woodland set among many tiny fields and hedgerows

Offa’s Dyke footpath runs right through and leads out on to Moelydd Hill, where the ground is starred with the yellow flowers of tormentil in summer and shiny red, orange and yellow waxcap fungi in autumn.

A lot of work is done by the Trust’s conservation volunteers to encourage wildflowers and butterflies. Several yews have been felled to let in light and hazel is coppiced to keep it young and bushy. This is good for violets and good for the pearl-bordered fritillary butterfly – its caterpillars live on an exquisite diet of violet leaves. Jones Rough is one of only a handful of places in Shropshire for this butterfly, which has been hard hit nationally by habitat changes.

The limestone scree provides perfect conditions for rock rose, wild thyme and marjoram and the scarce prickly sedge. A small flock of Hebridean/Shropshire sheep graze it from time to time to keep the vegetation under control.

After exploring the wood carry on to the Moelydd for spectacular views straight down the Welsh border and to the south Shropshire hills.


From Oswestry go through Trefonen and Treflach and take the first right after the turning to Porthywaen. Limited parking is available along the lane near the Nantmawr quarry entrance. From here walk on up the lane, taking the right fork past Mount Zion Cottage to the reserve entrance.


Species and habitats


Nearby nature reserves

Craig Sychtyn
1 miles - Shropshire Wildlife Trust
Bwlytai Wood
2 miles - Shropshire Wildlife Trust
Sweeney Fen
2 miles - Shropshire Wildlife Trust

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Reserve information

Above the village of Nantmawr 2 miles west of Llynclys
SY10 9HH
Map reference
SJ 248 248
Best time to visit
Apr - Jul
Sep - Nov
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3.94 hectares

Footpaths leading to the reserve. Please contact the Trust for disabled access information.
Walking information
After exploring the wood, carry on up the footpath to the Moelydd Hill for spectacular views straight down to the Welsh border and to the south Shropshire hills. From here take your choice of footpaths.
There is limited parking space along the verge near the Nantmawr Quarry entrance. Please park considerately and do not block gates.
Dogs allowed
Reserve manager
Shropshire Wildlife Trust
Tel: 01743 284280


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