Facilities at Coombes Valley

Full facilities information

Visitor centre
  • Information centre open weekdays and weekends during busy periods, in the winter there will be days when the information centre is closed but the reserve is still open. Information centre closes at 5pm and is closed Christmas Eve to New Years Day.
  • Refreshments available, Hot drinks, Cold drinks and Ice Creams.
  • In August 2018 Great Crested Newts, a European protected species, found a new home in our pond dipping pond. Although this is brilliant news for this rare newt it unfortunately means we can no longer allow pond dipping as you must have a license to disturb these rare creatures. Pond dipping will now only be available to educational groups under the supervision of our contract field teacher Jo Douglas. For more information please contact Coombes.Valley@rspb.org.uk.
Car park
  • 25 spaces
  • 2 Blue Badge spaces
  • Spaces adjacent to the picnic area and Information Centre.
  • No lighting.
  • No height restrictions.

Adjacent to the visitor centre.

Accessible toilets

Adjacent to the visitor centre.


Nearest hot food in Cheddleton, 2 miles (3 km) away.


There is no shop facility on-site.

Baby changing

Baby changing facilities are available in the accessible toilet.

Picnic area
  • Tables available in the picnic area next to the car park.
  • Visitors are welcome to consume their own food and drink here.
Binocular hire

Binoculars are £1 to hire.

Viewing point
  • We have placed eight benches around key areas of the reserve.
  • Dragonflies and bulrushes are carved into one bench and give visitors a quiet place to look over the pond, a buzzard-shaped seat offers fantastic views over the valley and a chance to see soaring raptors, and a special story-telling bench in the woodland has carvings of beetles and other bugs.
  • Level access outdoor viewing platform with benches.
Nature trails
  • Three nature trails are available.
  • The shortest is a natural play trail (0.8km long), accessible to pushchairs, with lots of activities for families along the way including a canopy walkway, den building, fairy house village, mud kitchen and much more.  
  • The Valley Woodland loop (2.6km long) takes you through meadows and woodland past Clough Meadow Cottage.  
  • Our longest loop, the woodcock trail, (5.2km long) takes you into the heart of the reserve into the wilder woodland habitat.