Whether you are into your birdwatching or simply enjoy looking over fresh water reedbeds, salt marshes, lagoons and sand dunes you will find a very accessible site.
The wildlife on the reserve changes with the seasons – from orchids, dragonflies, butterflies and marsh harriers in the summer to great flocks of geese, waders and other migratory birds in the winter.
Length of walk: West Bank path approx 0.7m (1km), Fen trail 0.5m (700km)
Location: North Norfolk coast east of Hunstanton
Map Ref: TF 750438 Postcode: PE31 8BB
Getting there: Signed from A149
By public transport: Coasthopper from King’s Lynn or Sheringham, bus stop at site entrance. King’s Lynn train station (22miles/35km) or Bittern Line into Sheringham
By cycling or walking: Norfolk Coast Cycleway and Norfolk Coast Path within a mile
Information boards in car park and throughout site, experienced volunteer staff and on-line.
ACCESSIBILITY AND FAMILY PROVISION
Toilets: Unisex disabled toilet and baby changing in car park toilet block (about 200m from visitor centre).
Hire equipment available to borrow: Two push wheelchairs, binoculars, family adventure backpack.
Wheelchair access: Level access path from car park to visitor centre, entrance shallow slopes. Nature trails mostly flat, boardwalks and rolled sand/gravel. Hides have ramp or slope access with mix of large windows or viewing slot. Modern Parrinder hides are level and accessible throughout.
For families: High chairs in café, picnic tables, all areas buggy accessible. Fen hide is ideal for families in that is nearest the visitor centre and very child friendly as well as fully accessible.
Dogs: Only the public footpath that runs from the site entrance to the beach along the western edge of the reserve. No dogs allowed elsewhere on reserve and hides.
Access for all route
Start & Finish: From the visitor centre
Distance(s): Variable as all main paths, boardwalks and hides are accessible the distance choice is up to individual. Main path is about 1km long, Fen trail 700m. Ask RSPB staff for advice
Accessibility: See wheelchair access note
Gradients: Some gentle slopes around site
Stiles & Gates: No styles or gates but doors to hides and visitor centre
Surface: Wood boardwalks, rolled sand/gravel paths
Waymarking: Signs around site, site maps at reception
Seating: Some benches along trails, benches or stools in hides with room for wheelchairs
Specific hazards: Access to beach will be most difficult area due to passing over and through sand dunes with windblown soft sand
Footwear/clothing: The site is on the north coast and can become very cold and windy, sensible flat or walking shoes and clothing to suit weather conditions
Parking: 120 spaces, eight blue badge, pay and display, members free
Woods and Parkland: Most parkland is freely accessible at all times
Visitor centre, shop and café: Open daily except Christmas and Boxing day, free entry
Reserve and hides: Open daily, free entry
Toilets: In car park only, none on reserve