Accessibility at South Essex Wildlife Garden

Summary accessibility statement

How to get here

By train

The nearest station is Pitsea and is around 1.6km or 1 mile away from the RSPB Wildlife Garden and Visitor Centre. For more information about train times please visit the C2C website before you travel.

By bus

The nearest stop is at Pitsea Tesco approx 2km from the Wildlife Garden. The no.5 bus running between Basildon and Pitsea stops here every 15-20 minutes Monday-Saturday and every 30 minutes on Sundays.

By road

If you’re arriving by car or cycle turn off the A13 at the Pitsea junction and follow brown tourist signs for Wat Tyler Country Park. Travel down Pitsea Hall Lane, go straight over the mini-roundabout. Drive approximately 1.6km then park in the car park.

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.

Other ways to get there

If you're coming from Pitsea station (about 1.6km or 1 mile away), turn left and cross the level crossing. The entrance to the country park is 5-10 minutes walk.

Access to facilities

Visitor centre
  • Entrance via 1:25 ramp without handrails.
  • RSPB staff and volunteers happy to provide assistance.
  • Seating for 15 people.
Car parking
105 spaces
4 Blue Badge spaces
  • Drop-off point with drop kerb.
  • Blue Badge spaces in Wat Tyler car park, 90m from RSPB Visitor Centre.
Nature trails access
  • 100m flat, 1.2 m-wide trail around RSPB wildlife garden. Mixture of compacted granite and cemented slabs.
  • Three circular picnic benches (including one accessible bench). Seven benches including two with back and arm rests.
  • Raised garden beds. Pond with 3 viewing platforms designed for wheelchair and pushchair users.
  • Clear-print information panels.
  • Volunteers regularly work in garden and can assist with enquiries.
Viewing points
  • Viewing points are in the Country Park (not the wildlife garden).
  • Owned and managed by the Basildon Council, who manage the Wat Tyler Country Park.
  • First hide 300m. Accessed by 12 steps with double handrail. On two levels - neither step-free. Wooden benches without backs.
  • Second hide 200m. Accessed via 1:25 wooden ramp with double handrail. Lower level step-free. Upper level accessed by 12 steps, with double handrail. Two moveable benches.
  • Two viewing screens with viewing slots at various heights on 2 km (1 mile) circular route around Country Park. Paths wide and level, may become wet after rain.
  • Registered assistance dogs welcome.
  • Water bowl and tap available.
  • We request dogs are kept on leads in the wildlife garden.


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