Accessibility at Dearne Valley Old Moor

Summary accessibility statement

Before you visit

  • Whilst we welcome cyclists to the reserve to use our cafe, shop and toilet facilities, please note that cycles and scooters are not allowed on the Old Moor reserve itself. We do have cycle racks for visitors wishing to park their bike and have a walk around the reserve.
  • Check accessibility for events and activities.

How to get here

By train

Wombwell (3 miles/5 km). Swinton (3 miles/5 km). Wombwell station can be accessed from the Trans Pennine Trail.

By bus

Buses are infrequent, so please check with local providers before you visit.

By bike

The Trans Pennine Trail runs along the Southern edge of the reserve. Access to the reserve is via a bridge into the car park. There are a good number of cycle racks in the courtyard.

By road

Enter S73 0YF into your sat nav for direction. 

From the M1: Leave at junction 36 and take the A61 (Barnsley). At the next roundabout, follow the brown RSPB Old Moor signs on the A6195 (Doncaster) for approximately four miles.

From the A1: Leave at junction 37 (Doncaster), follow the A635 towards Barnsley, then follow the brown RSPB Old Moor signs.

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.

Other ways to get there

We have four satellite sites you may also like to visit.

  • Adwick Washlands is approximately two miles to the east of RSPB Old Moor and a map with directions can be obtained from the visitor centre at Old Moor. There is a car park on Furlong Road, postcode DN5 7FR, half way between the villages of Adwick Upon Dearne and Harlington.. (Please do not park on Lowfield Road outside residential houses.) 

  • Bolton Ings is a short walk along the Trans Pennine Trail from Old Moor. There is no public access onto the reserve but you can view the reserve from the old railway line (locally named 'warbler way') and there is a public hide offering views of the main pool and reedbeds.  

  • Gypsy Marsh is a five minute walk from Old Moor and easily accessible by bicycle along the Trans Pennine Trail (you can obtain a map of our sites from the visitor centre). A public footpath runs through the middle of the site.

  • Wombwell Ings is around a mile from RSPB Old Moor. A map and directions are available at the Old Moor Visitor Centre. Parking is available on the old Pontefract Road or the site can be easily reached on foot from Old Moor or by bike from the nearby Trans Pennine Trail.

Access to facilities

Visitor centre
  • Ground floor with step-free level entry.
  • Good lighting.
  • Some goods may be difficult to reach.
  • Staff available to assist.
Car parking
250 spaces
6 Blue Badge spaces
  • Hard standing gravel and aggregate.
  • Hired mobility scooters can be collected from the car park. Please arrange in advance.
Toilet and baby changing

Located on the ground floor of the visitor centre.

Nature trails access
  • All the paths are flat and have hard surfaces, although there are some inclines with refuge points.
  • The trail to the Bittern Hide does have a steep gradient with refuge points and hand rail however wheel chair users may find this route particularly demanding.
  • The Bittern Hide trail is suitable for mobility scooters and pushchairs.
  • Seating and refuge points are available at intervals of approximately every 100 m with and without backs.
Viewing points

All hides either adapted for wheelchairs or designed with same views for everyone.


We're on the first floor, with a lift to bring you up to the cafe. We have ample space for wheelchair users both inside and out on the veranda. 

Picnic area

Several picnic tables with wheelchair space close to the playground and wildlife ponds.

  • No dogs allowed (except assistance dogs) on Old Moor, but they are allowed in the courtyard and on our satellite sites.
  • Directions to these sites can be obtained from our visitor centre staff.

Additional accessibility information

Full accessibility information (external website)