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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 4 pm 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 £2 - £5 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

  • Six blue badge spaces, 100 m from the Visitor Centre 
  • Two blue badge spaces, top of the duck-feeding boardwalk
  • 100 spaces 
  • Tarmac outside the Visitor Centre and loose gravel elsewhere
  • No lighting

Visitor centre and shop

Seven steps with handrails or a one 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

Mixture of trails. Usually width for two wheelchairs to pass except some boardwalks. Four RADAR-key operated kissing gates. A spare RADAR key can be borrowed from the Visitor Centre. Regular seating and rest points.

  • The Discovery trail is 0.3 miles long, flat with a firm Tarmac and boardwalk surface.
  • The Riverbank trail is 4 miles long, undulating, more than 1 in 12 gradient in places with an uneven gravel/mud surface. Two RADAR gates, one at either end of Cut lane
  • The Lin Dike Link trail is 4 miles long, has a steep hill at the start with a gradient over 1:12 for a distance of 200 m. The path is gravel and undulating in places. It can become wet in winter. 
  • The Arrow Lane trail is 1.2 miles long, level and surfaced.
  • The Coal Tips trail is 1.5 miles long, has two steep hills at the start with a gradient over 1;12 for a distance of 200 m approximately each. The path is gravel and uneven in places.
  • The duck feeding platform is gently ramped with a 1:12 gradient. There are two feeding areas: one after 90 m and another after 140 m.

Viewing facilities

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


An accessible unisex toilet is provided in addition to ladies and gents toilets. Baby-changing facilities also available.


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

Six picnic tables and benches (three with spaces for a wheelchair-user), one further picnic table in the play area. Sandwiches and drinks are available from the café; however, visitors are free to bring their own refreshments for picnics.

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