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National Cycle Network - traffic-free route: nearest access near Biddulph, about 12.5 miles (20.5 km) away.
Macclesfield is 17 miles (27 km) away. Follow the A523 from Macclesfield to Leek and from Leek to Ashbourne. On the Ashbourne road after passing Bradnop, turn up the minor road (and across a disused railway line) to Apesford (signposted to RSPB Coombes Valley) - the reserve is on the left after one mile (1.6 km).
Bus no. 108 from Leek to Ashbourne, twice a day. Bus stop is 1.2 mile (2 km) from reserve entrance. Walk in Ashbourne direction and take first right turn (crossing the disused railway line). Follow this lane until you see the reserve entrance on the left.
The reserve lies off the A523 road to Ashbourne, three miles (4.8 km) east of Leek. Leave Leek on the Ashbourne road. After passing Bradnop, turn up the minor road (and across a railway line) to Apesford (signposted to RSPB Coombes Valley) - the reserve is on the left after a mile (1.6 km).
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