Accessibility at West Canvey Marsh

Summary accessibility statement

How to get here

By train

The nearest railway station is Benfleet and is around 1.9 km (1.2 miles) from West Canvey Marsh. For more information about train times please visit the C2C website before you travel. From the station visitors can reach the reserve by taxi, bus or bike.

By bus

The no.21 bus runs from Benfleet train station towards the reserve every 30 minutes. The closest bus stop is Canvey Village, stop ID and this journey takes approximately 6 minutes. From this stop you will need to walk back in the direction of the roundabout and the entrance to the reserve is located off this roundabout. Please note that there is no designated crossing point on this road so please take care of traffic. To travel to the reserve by bus from Southend you can take the no.26 bus, from Basildon the no. 15 bus.

By road

Take the A130 south onto Canvey Island from the A13. At the Waterside farm roundabout, take the third exit to stay on the A130- Canvey Road. Take the third exit at the next roundabout (at the junction of Canvey Road and Roscommon Way) into the reserve 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.

Access to facilities

Car parking
30 spaces
2 Blue Badge spaces

Main entrance nearest Blue badge bays, gate-free with clear opening of 510 mm.

Nature trails access
  • All paths level, with very little variation in gradient. Clearly signposted. 1150mm wide. Entrances step and slope free. Compacted granite fines unless stated.
  • Second (300 m long grass path to children’s playground) and third (1.5 km/1 mile dog walking circuit) entrances with metal kissing gates. Clear opening 390 mm.
  • Main path to sea wall 1.7 km (1 mile). Kissing gates with clear opening of 430mm lead to second bird hide, Pantile wooded path, and sea wall. Grass path to top of the sea wall 1:3 gradient, 300 mm wide. Path on top of sea wall 200 mm wide.
  • Benches with backrests at children’s playground, by Redhill, and on path to 3rd hide.
  • No permanent staff presence but RSPB volunteers on site daily.
  • Site map at car park main entrance or from South Essex Wildlife Garden and Visitor Centre. Information panels explain Redhill and Pantile Farm.
Viewing points
  • There are two open-backed hides and one viewing screen overlook the freshwater lagoon.
  • All with clear opening of 680 mm; 1:20 gradient slope; two backless benches 430 mm high; space for wheelchair; viewing slots at 790, 910 and 1070 mm; shelves to rest books/binoculars; interpretation illustrating birds found onsite and event listings.
  • One viewpoint - Redhill reconstruction of ancient mound. Grass path 700 mm (275 inches) wide with 1:10 gradient. Two ‘sky chair’ backless benches.
  • Registered assistance dogs welcome.
  • A trail to the south of the car park has been designated for dog walking.
  • Dogs must be kept on a lead at all times.
  • There is a dog bin located in the reserve car park.