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38) Leighton Moss Wetlands, RSPB, Stores Lane, Silverdale, Carnforth, LA5 0SW.
There are a number of accessible paths that you can explore, a distance of up to 5 miles within the actual reserve.
Hardened path, wooden boardwalk, track, and singletrack woodland path.
Please note that the toe board on the wooden boardwalk is only a few inches in height. The wooden boardwalk is raised over water and takes you over and through the reed bed. It is wide enough to allow you to enjoy wandering the reed bed without getting too near the edges of the constructed path.
The paths are easy to follow and well signposted. Most of the hides have specific wheelchair viewing bays.
No stiles, steps but ramps are provided for wheelchair users to get past these, a very level site with a very slight and short section of hill.
One gate that opens very wide. Only one slight hazard on the lane part that leads to the furthest hide, a little rocky section across the lane, passable with care or a good place to turn around and retrace your tracks.
Facilities on site:
The reserve is managed by the RSPB, so an admission charge is made (£4 adults) but free for RSPB members, much thought has been given to making as much of the reserve accessible. Good disabled parking outside the main visitor centre, ample parking across a lane if all the disabled parking is taken. Disabled toilets are provided, might be a little tight for space if you use a power chair. There is a cafe but this is located upstairs. A stairlift id provided - but the staff will help take your order and bring it to you if you can not use the stairlift. Sensory garden and ponds. Due to Corona some parts and the cafe and shop were closed (14/8/20).
Dogs are not allowed unless its an accredited guide or assistance dog, and wearing its jacket.
Do have a look at the RSPB Leighton Moss web site and the full Accessible Statement for detailed information.
Leighton Moss boasts the largest reed bed in north-west England and is home to a wide range of spectacular wildlife including otters, bearded tits, marsh harriers, egrets, Bittern and red deer. Many beautiful Dragonfly and Butterfly. We also had a quick glimpse of a Weasel and it ran across our path.
See for yourself! Visit the hides, explore the trails and enjoy amazing views. There is also a sky tower for those who can climb stairs.
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