Accessibility at Rye Meads

Summary accessibility statement

Before you visit

  • Check access suitability for events and activities.
  • Staff are trained in disability awareness.
  • Mobility scooter - available for hire, free of change, bookable in advance.
  • Manual push wheelchair for hire, free of charge, bookable in advance.

How to get here

By train

Rye House Station (400 yards/366 m). There is a direct train from Liverpool Street. Climb the steps out of the station and turn right towards Rye Meads, with the Historic Rye House Gatehouse on your left. Follow a footpath on the left side of the minor road for 300 m until you reach the visitor centre.

By bus

The nearest bus stop (700 yards/640 m) is in the Old Highway, which is off Rye Road. Walk down towards Rye House Station, then as above.

By bike

Rye Meads is accessible to cycles by road and the Lee Valley cycle way.

By road

Follow directions to Hoddesdon. Go straight over the large roundabout (you will have the Sun pub on your left), onto another section of dual carriageway. At the next roundabout, turn left into Essex Road. Turn left into Pindar Road, (before the railway crossing). Turn left onto a bridge on Normandy Way. Turn left into Fisherman's Way. Turn right over the bridge to the Rye Meads Visitor Centre.

Please note: New River Bridge on Rye Road is closed from Monday 20 July to Thursday 24 December 2020. To access RSPB Rye Meads by vehicle, follow the diversion via Essex Road, Pindar Road, Normandy Way and Fishermans Way. There will be a pedestrian walkway available for access. The works are being carried out by Thames Water to replace the existing bridge with a two-way one.


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
  • Ground level access with no steps or kerbs.
  • Entry through double doors.
  • One level with step-free access throughout.
  • Good lighting.
  • Staff available to assist.
Car parking
3 Blue Badge spaces
  • Blue Badge spaces 33 yards from the visitor centre.
  • Parking and pedestrian access is all on one level.
  • Tarmac surfacing.
  • Drop off in coach bay outside the visitor centre when not in use.
Toilet and baby changing
  • Surface lino and tiles in the toilets.
Nature trails access
  • Access the trails through the visitor centre by a hard path. Paths linking the hides are generally flat with some grass areas, Some parts of the paths are narrow, but passing places are provided. Paths are level and low gradient ramps are provided for bridges.
  • Seating available along paths.
Viewing points
  • Eight viewing hides on the reserve with level or access ramps (some steep).
  • Hides have adapted sections for wheelchair access. 
  • Staff available to assist. 

Registered Assistance Dogs welcome.


Find out more about accessibility at Rye Meads. PDF, 2.2Mb

Rye Meads access statement