Accessibility at Coombes Valley

Summary accessibility statement

How to get here

By train

The nearest railway station, Stoke on Trent, is 12 miles (19 km) away and has a taxi rank.

By bus

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.

By bike

National Cycle Network - traffic-free route: nearest access near Biddulph, about 12.5 miles (20.5 km).

By road

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.

Access to facilities

Visitor centre
  • Level and step-free throughout.
  • Tiled floor.  
  • Manual double doors opening both ways.
  • Good lighting.
Car parking
25 spaces
2 Blue Badge spaces
  • All spaces on firm, rolled gravel.
  • Accessible parking spaces available next to the Information Centre.
Nature trails access
  • Largely unsurfaced paths, with changes in gradient and some very steep sections.
  • Steps (some without handrails) and narrow footbridges on public footpaths.
  • Muddy during wet weather.
  • Eight benches with back rests on trails.  
Viewing points
  • Level access outdoor viewing platform with benches next to the information centre overlooking the nearest meadow and a feeding station.  
  • Other viewpoints accessed from trail network.
  • No dogs allowed, except registered assistance dogs.
  • Other dogs on public footpaths only.
  • Water available.


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Coombes Valley access statement