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This is a Summary Access Statement. A full access statement is available to download from this page.

Before you visit

  • Visitor Centre open from 9 am to 5 pm from February to October and 9 am to 4 pm between November and January 
  • Closed Christmas Day 
  • Car park locked at 8 pm during summer and at dusk in winter
  • Free parking for RSPB members. Charge applies for non-members
  • Check accessibility for events and activities 
  • All dogs on leads are welcome
  • We have a mobility scooter available to hire, please call the visitor centre on 01977 628191 to book use of the scooter. There is no charge for hire, but we do ask for a suggested donation of two pounds - five pounds to use the scooter. This is for maintenance and upkeep of the scooter. If you are unable to make this donation you are still welcome to use the scooter. 

How to get here

  • If using a sat nav our postcode is WF10 2BH 
  • Castleford railway station is 3 miles (5 km) away. Taxis are readily available
  • The nearest bus stop is 1.5 miles (2 km) away from our car park entrance

Car parking and arrival

  • Five blue badge spaces, 100 m from the Visitor Centre 
  • 100 spaces 
  • Tarmac outside the Visitor Centre and loose gravel elsewhere
  • No lighting

Visitor centre and shop

Seven steps with handrails or a 1 in 12 ramp. Unassisted doors. Step free, level access throughout. Non-slip vinyl floor. Natural and artificial lighting. A magnifying glass, pen and pad of paper are available at the counter. Staff available to assist. Binoculars are available to loan.

Nature trails

Four main trails. Usually width for 2 wheelchairs to pass except some boardwalks. All trails, except the Discovery Trail, have kissing gates. Regular seating and rest points.

  • The Discovery trail is 0.3 miles long, flat with a firm tarmac and boardwalk surface. Kingfisher screen through a a kissing gate 
  • The Riverbank trail is 4 miles long, undulating, more than 1 in 12 gradient in places with an uneven gravel/mud surface
  • The Lin Dike Link trail is 3 miles long, has a steep hill at the start with a gradient over 1:12 for a distance of 200 m. Kissing gate at the top of the hill. Quite uneven and can be muddy in the winter
  • The Arrow Lane trail is 1.2 miles long, level and surfaced.

Viewing facilities

Four bird hides and four shelters. Steps or ramps provides. Level entry to all hides. All hides have fixed bench seats.


A unisex accessible toilet provided in addition to ladies and gents. Baby changing facilities provided.


Drinks machine and fridges holding cold drinks that can be accessed from a seated position. The catering area is self-service; however, staff can assist on request. The nearest public toilet with an accessible WC is located near the main entrance approximately 20 m away.

Education centre/classroom

Two classrooms in the Visitor Centre with level entry from the shop. Step-free, level access throughout. Non-slip vinyl surface. Artificial lighting.

Picnic area

Eight picnic tables and benches (two with spaces for a wheelchair user). Sandwiches and drinks are available from the café; however, visitors are free to bring their own refreshments with them for picnics.

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