48) Frampton Marsh, RSPB Nature Reserve, Roads Farmhouse, Frampton Roads, Frampton, Boston, Lincolnshire, PE20 1AY.
My route was a total of 3.36 miles but this included a short extension out of the nature reserve and onto the marsh defence wall ( a continuous raised earth bank that has a path along the top).
Specific disabled parking adjacent to the visitor centre, level and wide bays. No height barrier -handy if you drive a van.
The first section is on a wide tarmac and compacted path. The path then is on compacted earth but this is well trodden and drains quickly. Being Lincolnshire the reserve is fairly flat except ramps to access the hides. Suitable for all types of wheelchair -except to the Marsh sea wall as it is quite steep -so assistance might be needed.
No stiles, a few gates that's swing both ways and have bridleway style long latch openers. Some of the gates are quite awkward to open if you are on your own as they are difficult to reach. One gate to the 360 Hide is so big and heavy that even my able bodied wife found it hard to use. It does have a pull lever to unfasten but this is still difficult. Presume this part of Lincolnshire has T Rex wandering the marsh lands
as the gates are massive?
Facilities on site:
A visitor centre that sells hot drinks, it has a disabled toilet too. No dogs allowed onto the reserve except accredited guide and assistance dogs -in their service jackets.
You can view the RSPB's full accessibility statement by clicking on the following link
All of the bird hides are fully accessible, no steps and wide doorways. There is a small pond with a wooden walkway -caution - NO EDGE PROTECTION FOR WHEELS...
What might you see?
All types of fowl, geese esp autumn when numbers increase hugely, Hen Harrier, Marsh Harrier, Waders, smaller birds, Egrets, Merlin, Hobby. Pintail, Wheatear, Curlew, Lapwing and many more.
Also mammals visit and hunt here.
The reserve is on the edge of one of Britains largest salt marsh and so all sorts of species can and do drop in.