Accessibility at Fairburn Ings

Summary accessibility statement

Before you visit

Check accessibility for events and activities.

How to get here

By train

The closest train station is Castleford, 3 miles away.  

By bus

 Buses run - infrequently - to Fairburn and Ledston villages.

By road

From the A1(M) leave at J42, take the A63 towards Leeds, follow signs for Fairburn on the A1246. From the M1 come off at J47. Take the A656 south towards Castleford, after 4 miles turn left onto Newton Lane, the visitor centre is 2 miles along the road on the right.

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
  • Seven steps with handrails or a one in 12 ramp.
  • Assisted doors.
  • Step-free, level access throughout.
  • Non-slip vinyl floor.
  • Natural and artificial lighting.
  • A magnifying glass, pen and pad of paper are available at the counter.
  • Staff available to assist. 
Car parking
100 spaces
8 Blue Badge spaces
  • Blue badge spaces, 100 m from the Visitor Centre.
  • There are also blue badge spaces at the top of the duck-feeding boardwalk
  • Tarmac in the car park and loose gravel elsewhere.
Toilet and baby changing
  • An accessible toilet is located on the ground floor of the Visitor Centre, with level access to it. 
  • The unisex accessible toilet has one toilet, sink and a fold down baby changing table that can be used from a seated position. 
  • There are both horizontal and vertical hand rails and colour contrast on critical surfaces. 
  • Push buttons on the sink. 
  • Emergency alarm cord.


Nature trails access
  • There is a mix of different types of paths, that are both flat and undulating, where walks can be enjoyed.  Usually width for two wheelchairs to pass except some boardwalks. Four RADAR-key operated kissing gates. A spare RADAR key can be borrowed from the Visitor Centre. Regular seating and rest points.
  • The Discovery trail is 0.3 miles long, flat with firm gravel and boardwalk surfaces.
  • The Riverbank trail is approximately 2 miles long, linear (4 miles total to return to the visitor centre), undulating, more than 1 in 12 gradient in places with an uneven gravel/mud surface. There are two RADAR gates, one at either end of Cut lane.
  • The Lin Dike Link trail is approximately 2 miles long, has a steep hill at the start with a gradient over 1:12 for a distance of 200 m. The path is gravel and undulating in places. It can become wet in winter.
  • The Arrow Lane trail is 1.2 miles long, level and with a gravel surface.
  • The Coal Tips trail is 1.5 miles long, has two steep hills at the start with a gradient over 1;12 for a distance of 200 m approximately each. The path is gravel and uneven in places.
  • The duck feeding platform is gently ramped with a 1:12 gradient. There are two feeding areas: one after 90 m and another after 140 m.


Viewing points
  • Steps or ramps (1 in 12 gradient or better) provided at all viewing structures except Bob Dickens hide.  Bob Dickens hide is accessed by an approximately 1 in 20 slope with a handrail.
  • Level entry to all hides.
  • All viewing points have fixed bench seats.
  • Drinks machine and fridges holding cold drinks that can be accessed from a seated position.
  • The catering area is self-service; however, staff can assist on request.
Picnic area

Three picnic tables with spaces for a wheelchair-user.

  • Dogs are allowed on all footpaths.
  • Dogs are welcome at Fairburn Ings and we have facilities such as a dog parking area, a dog bowl and a recreation area.
  • Please follow the Countryside Code and keep your dog on a lead or under close control while on the trails.  Please keep dogs on a lead in the play area.
  • Only assistance dogs can be brought into the visitor centre but all dogs are welcome on the balcony.
Educational facilities
  • Step-free, level access throughout. 
  • Non-slip vinyl surface. 
  • Artificial lighting.

Additional accessibility information

Full accessibility information (external website)