Plan your visit
- Nature reserve: open daily, dawn-dusk.
- Car park: open daily
8.30am-4pm, 1 November-28 February.
8am-5pm, 1 March-31 October.
- Visitor Hub: open at weekends only.
- Toilets: There is one toilet available for our visitors to use at neighbouring Middleton Hall Courtyard. See their website for opening times.
Festive opening times
- Christmas Eve: nature reserve and car park open as above.
- Christmas Day: nature reserve and car park open as above.
- Boxing Day: nature reserve and car park open as above.
- New Year's Eve: nature reserve and car park open as above.
- New Year's Day: nature reserve and car park open as above.
- All other days in the festive period open as normal.
- For Middleton Hall festive opening hours, see their website for details.
- Free entrance to RSPB members
- Car park cost
There are no entrance charges to the reserve, but the following car parking charges apply:
RSPB members: FREE (please display your membership card face down in your windscreen)
Non-members: £3 per car
Blue badge holders: FREE
Guided walks is closed
How to get here
The nearest railway station is Wilnecote, 2.5 miles away. On foot follow the signs towards Fazeley then turn left on the A4091 until you reach the canal. Walk alongside the canal to the reserve.
The reserve is not currently served by buses.
National cycle route 533.
Middleton Lakes is off the A4091, just six miles from the M6 and four miles from the M42, north-east of Birmingham. By car, take the A446, the A4091 (ignore signs for Middleton Hall which has a separate entrance) and then Bodymoor Heath Road.
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.
As well as the Heart-of-England Way footpath, the Birmingham & Fazeley canal passes through the reserve.
Information for dog owners
Dogs are welcome on some parts of the nature reserve. Dogs are welcome on the public footpath and bridleway which form part of the woodland trail plus a short section of the wetland trail to the footbridge over the river to Dosthill nature reserve. Dogs are also permitted on the meadow trail loop. Please keep to the designated rights of way and follow the signage on site.
Please keep your dog on a lead and under close, effective control at all times, due to the sensitive wildlife, habitats and livestock here.
Dogs are not permitted on the wetland trail to the north of the reserve or in the Play meadow. Please follow the no dog signage on site.
Disturbing wildlife does more than simply causing it to move away; it uses up its energy, decreasing its chance of survival regardless of the season. Even if dogs are very well behaved, wildlife and livestock can easily become startled by a loose dog they perceive as a predator. Thank you for protecting the special wildlife here by keeping your dog on a lead and under close, effective control.
- Sorry, dogs aren’t permitted in the Welcome Hub, other than assistance dogs.
- Dogs 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 their waste home with you to dispose of.