Summary accessibility statement
How to get here
The nearest railway station is Bridgwater, 10 miles (15 km) from the reserve.
Nearest bus stop is at Ashcott, 2.5 miles (4 km) away. 375/X75 service.
National Route 3 runs nearby.
From Glastonbury: Take the B3151 to Wedmore. At the village of Meare, go past garage on your left, then follow the brown sign, taking the second left into Ashcott Road. The reserve entrance is 1 mile on the left after the Railway Inn.
From the M5: From the M5: Take the A39 to Glastonbury for 7 miles until you see signs for Avalon Marshes Centre, turn left onto Shapwick Hill and carry on into the village and past the church. Continue on through the village and stay on the same road for 1 mile until you reach the Avalon Marshes Centre on your right. Continue past the Avalon Marshes Centre taking the next right at Back Lane in Westhay. At the end of Back Lane turn right onto Main Road.
Follow Main Road for about 1.5 miles through the village of Meare past Meare Manor on your left. Here you will see a brown sign directing you to take the next right. You will reach a narrow part of the road with a colourful painted fence on your left. Here you need to turn right onto Ashcott Road. The reserve entrance is 1 mile on the left after the Railway Inn.
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
- The Welcome Building has a shallow incline from the car park onto the decking surface outside the building.
- There is a raised lip of the door jam to enter the Welcome Building from the decking.
5 disabled spaces in main car park. Additional 2 Blue Badge spaces on reserve accessed by RADAR key. RADAR keys can be borrowed from the Welcome Building
- Entry via an automatically-operated gate.
- Level gravel surface.
- More than 3 miles (5 km) of trails, all with regular seating. Main track is wide and raised hard surface, and is a local cycle path.
- Barrier to prevent access to motorbikes, but wide enough to accommodate most wheelchairs. Ashcott Road end gate can also be opened with a RADAR key.
- Ham Wall Loop: 2 miles (3 km), takes about 1.5 hours, circular walk from the car park following scenic rough grass trail along Glastonbury Canal. It crosses the canal via a bridge to return along the main reserve track.
- Walton Heath Trail: 1 mile (1.8 km), approx. 40 minutes, of rough grass track.
- Loxtons Marsh Trail: 0.75 mile (1.3 km), approx. 30 minutes, of rough grass track. May be wet in winter.
- Boardwalk Trail: 200 m circular recycled plastic boardwalk, leading to three viewing screens. Wheelchair accessible with bench halfway along.
- Three viewing screens accessed via 200 m Boardwalk Trail from the Blue Badge parking places, each featuring lowered slots and moveable benches; one on Loxtons Marsh Trail and one on Walton Heath Trail accessed via grass paths.
- Two raised hides. The Tor View hide is accessed by 130m path from the Boardwalk Trail. The Avalon hide is accessed by a 670m rough grass path trail from the canal bridge after the first viewing platform.
4 picnic benches with wheelchair spaces are located in the Mini Marshes near the Welcome Building.
- Assistance dogs welcome on all parts of the reserve.
- Other dogs, on short leads, welcome on the main reserve path and the public footpath (Ham Wall loop) only.
- Please be aware that there are no dog waste bins at Ham Wall but please still pick up after your dog and take it away with you.
- Shelter and pond dipping platform in Mini Marshes at Ham Wall accessed across flat grass surface.
- Classroom at Avalon Marshes center accessed via ramp.