Plan your visit
- Reserve open daily 9am to 9pm (or dusk if earlier).
- The public rights of way are open at all times.
- Free entrance to RSPB members
- Car park cost
£3 per car for non-RSPB members.
How to get here
The nearest railway station, Stoke on Trent, is 12 miles (19 km) away and has a taxi rank.
Bus no. 108 from Leek to Ashbourne. The bus stop is 1.2 miles (2 km) from the 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.
National Cycle Network - traffic-free route: nearest access near Biddulph, about 12.5 miles (20.5 km).
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).
Sat nav POI file: If you have a satellite navigation system that can accept POI files, please see our POI page for a download link and instructions.
Information for dog owners
No dogs allowed, except registered assistance dogs.