8) Rodley Nature Reserve, Rodley (off the canal bank) Moss Bridge Road, accessed by car from Rodley Town Street (A657) LS13 1HP.
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Distance: The reserve is not a huge site, but you can easily cover a couple of miles wandering in and around the reserve. It really does have so much to see so enjoy the variety of landscape and wildlife.
Rodley Nature Reserve is a very flat reserve, no gates, no steps. A couple of the wildlife hides have gentle ramps leading to them.
Most of the paths are hardstanding so even after a spell of wet weather your wheels don’t get too muddy.
One section to the “Managers Garden” is on some grass but plans and work has commenced to put an accessible path in. The Dragonfly ponds section is on grass, but this is well kept and not bad under your wheels.
Facilities on site:
Ample Disabled car parking on hardstanding. Blue Badges to be displayed. Disabled toilet and accessible (pay by donation café).
Opening hours, Normally the site is only open Saturday, Sunday, and Wednesday. Winter opening hours being till 4pm, but till 5pm during the spring and summer.
Guide and assistance dogs are allowed.
PLEASE NOTE – At present the site / nature reserve is currently closed due to the corona pandemic- but check the website and their social media for announcements for when they reopen.
The reserve is operated by volunteers and members of the Rodley Nature Reserve Society, a very friendly and forward-thinking group of people.
I love spending time here as it has every kind of topography that attracts such a huge variety of British wildlife.
They have made sure the disabled visitor is very well catered for, all of the wildlife hides are accessible, and have easily openable shutters above specific wheelchair accessible viewing points.
Wildlife you may be lucky to see.
Many different types of fowl, most small birds. Grebe, Egret, Heron, Buzzard, Red Kite, Gulls, Water rail, Oystercatcher, Goldcrest, Peregrine, Kestrel and Owls.
Deer on occasion and Mink, Otter have been reported.
During the warmer months many types of Dragon and Damselfly.
There are also a number of accessible dipping ponds.
Well worth a visit and one if the most accessible nature reserve I have found so far.