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

From the A10: Exit the A10 for Hoddesdon/A1170 and follow the brown nature reserve signs over three roundabouts to Essex Road. Turn left onto Pindar Road (one way). Turn left onto Normandy way following the brown nature reserve sign, over the bridge, and left again onto Fisherman’s way. Turn right over the small bridge and past the pub. Rye Meads Visitor Centre car park is 500m along the road, on your left.


From the A414 (westbound): Exit the A414 for Stanstead Abbotts/B181. At the T-Junction turn left and then take the first right onto Rye Road. Rye Meads Visitor Centre car park is 1.2km along the road, on your right. Note that there is a part-time toll barrier on this road which may incur a 50p charge if the barrier is closed.

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