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Yorkshire Nature Reserves

The following Nature Reserves are those that we believe have disabled / easy access. If you know of more please let us have the details. Wheelchair access should also make these suitable for Buggies but please check on the websites or direct with the site before visiting.

Bempton Cliffs (RSPB) Reserve (Bridlington) -(Charges) - From the centre, there is a short 1:10 descent leading to a gently sloping, 900 mm wide, rolled limestone path. The easily accessed viewpoint is 250 m and gives good views of the breeding seabirds. The other paths are 550 m (over limestone), 1,100 m, 1,000 m, and 500 m to other viewpoints are narrow in places with some steep gradients - wheelchair users require help to negotiate these sections. Footpaths can be wet and slippery following wet weather conditions, therefore care should be taken
RSPB Bempton Cliffs video from ExperienceCIC

Blacktoft Sands (RSPB) Reserve (Goole) - (Charges) - There are 700 m of firm level paths surfaced with crushed limestone leading to five hides. The path to Ousefleet hide, which is 800 m from the reception hide, is partly surfaced with grass and is rough in places. There are accessible hides on the reserve. All of them have removable bench seats to allow wheelchair access to the viewing windows. also see >this site

Brockadale Nature Reserve (Doncaster) - The path from the Leys Lane car park to the edge of the valley has been surfaced and widened to allow wheelchair access to a viewpoint overlooking the valley.

Chevin Forest Park LNR (Otley) - The park is well served by footpaths and bridleways some of which form parts of the Dales Way Link and the Ebor Way. All the routes are steep in places and can be muddy in wet conditions. If you have mobility problems mobility scooters are available (including one that can accommodate a wheelchair)

Clifton Backies LNR (York) - Open access. The main paths are level and well surfaced. There are two access points from the car park. Wheelchair access is by the path to the right, as the kissing gate entrance is not suitable for wheelchairs.

Dearne Valley - Old Moor (RSPB) Reserve (Barnsley) - (Charges) - The paths are firm and suitable for all levels of ability, including wheelchair users, but there is one small, steep slope to negotiate. Wheelchairs and an electric scooter are available for free hire. Advance booking is recommended for the scooter, please contact the visitor centre for availability. Good paths to all hides providing views over 250 acres of diverse habitat. Wheelchair accessible viewing areas available in all hides. also see this site

Duncombe Park NNR (Malton) - There are toilet and refreshment facilities in Helmsley, and in Duncombe Park which has a Parkland Centre shop and tearoom. Parts of the estate are suitable for wheelchair access and wheelchairs can be pre-booked for loan.

Eastrington Ponds LNR - There are 3 picnic areas on the reserve and seats approximately every 100 metres along the paths. The woodland picnic area offers a shady rest area on the reserve, and is also designed for visitors using wheelchairs.

Fairburn Ings (RSPB) Reserve (Castleford) -There are 250 m of boardwalk with passing places. Two (picnic) tables which are accessible to wheelchairs. The visitor centre is 70 m from the car park, accessed via a crushed limestone path. There is a ramp into the visitor centre also see this site - update in 2016 "Fairburn Ings has made improvements to the Lin Dike Link footpath, taking ramblers along the River Aire from the visitor centre, towards Castleford. The footpath was resurfaced and drainage improved, making the nature reserve accessible to those using wheelchairs, mobility scooters and pushchairs, as well as ensuring the path can be used by all visitors throughout the year"

Hob Moor LNR (York ) - There is a linear route. The route is 1250m long. The path surface is generally smooth & consists of tarmac. There are no steep gradients or cross cambers along the route. A RADAR key is required to enable wheelchair access to the site (there is NO RADAR KEY available so please bring your own).

Howden Marsh LNR - This is a very accessible site with a flat surfaced route, boardwalk and no barriers.

Humberhead Peatlands NNR (Scunthorpe) - a number of trails, large site - check the website for detail

Lower Derwent Valley NNR (North Duffield) - The route to Garganey and Geoff Smith hides from North Duffield Carrs car park is a crushed stone surface and may have some shallow inclines or slopes. Access to Cheesecake and Sir William Wilkinson hide from Bank Island car park is along permanent pasture. The viewing platform is next to this car park.

Potteric Carr LNR (Doncaster) - The route is circular. The route is 3km long. The path surface is generally smooth and consists of concrete. The path has passing places. There are no steep gradients. There are no steep cross cambers. There are seats or resting places at regular intervals (100m) along the route.

Salmon Pastures Nature Reserve (Attercliffe Sheffield) - a very small area attracting many birds and insects, wheelchair accessible paths

South Landing LNR (Flamborough) - This path, which forms part of the Flamborough Sculpture Trail, has a firm surface, is wide enough for people to walk side by side and is suitable for visitors using a wheelchair. The picnic area located 100 metres along this path is also designed to accommodate visitors using a wheelchair.

St Nicholas Fields LNR (York) - Open access. The paths are accessible by wheelchair.


Rodley Nature Reserve - Created on a floodplain in Kirkstall Valley, a recognised ‘flyway’ for wildfowl and waders on migration, the wetland habitats constructed here complement the nearby River Aire and the Leeds and Liverpool Canal - ramped access to the Visitor Centre, hard surface footpath suitable for wheelchairs and buggies, hides and viw points with wheelchair access, other areas can be accessed by well maintained and firm grass tracks during drier weather. The Reserve has wheelchair-friendly picnic tables available at the Visitor Centre and there is a ramped access to the picnic area on the Butterfly Bank again with wheelchair-friendly tables, mobility scooter available at the Visitor Centre


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