Plan your visit
Main car park: Open daily, dawn-dusk
Nature reserve trails: Open daily, dawn-dusk
Accessible toilets: Open daily, dawn-dusk.
Café: Open for takeaway daily, 9.30am-5pm
Vistor centre, toilets and shop: Open daily, 9.30am-5pm
Festive opening times
- Christmas Eve: Reserve, visitor centre, toilets, shop and café are closed.
- Christmas Day: Reserve, visitor centre, toilets, shop and café are closed.
- Boxing Day: Reserve, visitor centre, toilets, shop and café are closed.
- New Year’s Eve: Reserve, visitor centre, toilets and café open 10am-4pm
- New Year’s Day: Reserve, visitor centre, toilets and café open 10am-4pm
- Monday 4 January: Due to being open over New Year, the reserve, visitor centre, toilets, shop and café are closed.
- Tuesday 5 January: Due to being open over New Year, the reserve, visitor centre, shop and café are closed.
- All other days in the festive period are open our usual winter opening hours as above.
- Free entrance to RSPB members
Free entrance for first child
Free entrance for under 5s
- Free entrance for carers
- Other discounts
- Half price entry for non-members arriving by public transport or bicycle.
- Everyone can enter the cafe and visitor centre for free.
Binocular hire is closed
Guided walks is closed
Educational facilities are closed
How to get here
Silverdale station is on the Manchester Airport/Preston to Barrow line and is only 250 metres from the reserve. Turn left out of the station entrance, then left again and then right.
National Cycle Route 6, Regional route 90 (Lancashire Cycleway).
Leighton Moss is near the village of Silverdale, just 3km (2 miles) from Carnforth and is signposted from the A6 north of M6 junction 35.
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.
Information for dog owners
Dogs are welcome on the Causeway, a public bridleway through the reserve. Please keep to the designated rights of way only.
Please keep your dog on a lead and under close, effective control at all times, due to the sensitive wildlife, habitats and livestock here. We know that the countryside is a dog walking paradise. Even if dogs are very well behaved, wildlife and livestock can easily become startled by a loose dog they perceive as a predator.
Disturbing wildlife does more than simply causing it to move away; it uses up their energy, decreasing their chance of survival regardless of season. Thank you for protecting the special wildlife here by keeping your dog on a lead and under close, effective control.
- The Causeway is the only public right of way on the reserve, the other trails are not public footpaths, so sorry, no dogs are permitted on here other than assistance dogs.
- Dogs can die in hot cars, please do not leave your dog in the car when visiting us.
- There are no dog waste bins on the reserve, we ask that you take the waste home with you to dispose of.
Group booking information
Please follow current Government guidance on group sizes when visiting the reserve.
Group bookings are usually welcome to visit us during normal opening hours. However, laws in England mean that the maximum group size able to visit our reserve together is currently 6, unless you are from the same household or bubble.
Schools booking information
Due to Covid-19 measures, we have temporarily paused our school visits until autumn 2021. For information on our exciting programme of curriculum-linked outdoor education sessions, visit our school trip information.
Come along to our stunning reserve and bring your classroom learning to life with a selection of fascinating wildlife experiences. Our National Curriculum linked learning sessions are led by qualified, enthusiastic leaders and are designed to support a range of classroom topics to suit all abilities. The reserve has a variety of awe-inspiring habitats including woodland, reedbed, streams ponds as well as a large classroom (The Holt) and award-winning visitor facilities. For full details of our programmes and offer for schools, visit our school trip ideas page.
To book your visit or to find out more, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01603 697 504.