Plan your visit
- Nature reserve: open daily, 9am-9pm (or dusk if earlier).
- Visitor Centre: open daily April-October. Closed November-March.
- Toilets: open daily, 8am-8pm (April-October) and 9am-5pm (November-March).
- Sorry, dogs aren't allowed on the nature reserve - see the 'Information for dog owners' section.
- The public rights of way are open at all times.
- Free entrance to RSPB members
- Car park cost
£4 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.
Moorlands Connect will run a bus service to Coombes if requested: firstname.lastname@example.org (48 hours advance notice) or Tel 01335 342951. More information.
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
Sorry, dogs are not permitted on the nature reserve (except assistance dogs), due to the sensitive wildlife and habitats here.
We know that the countryside is a dog walking paradise. It’s important to remember the special surroundings here are wonderful havens for rare wildlife. Even if dogs are very well behaved, wildlife can easily become startled by a dog they perceive as a predator.
Disturbing wildlife does more than simply causing it to move away; it uses up their energy, decreasing their chance of survival regardless of season. Thank you for protecting the special wildlife by not exercising your dog here.
- Other exciting dog walking routes are available to enjoy in the local area. More information here.
- Dogs die in hot cars, please do not leave your dog in the car when visiting us.