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Photographer: Brian Horisk/AdventureArt, Fife, Scotland

Route Filmstrip & Description

This trail shows the path to the public hide starting at the disabled parking by the visitor centre for the Leighton Moss RSPB Reserve. There are two gates on this route that may be quite restrictive for some people but these can be avoided by using the roadside parking that is available at the start of the track to the public hide. Alternatively there are other hides on the reserve which people can visit.The path to the public hide is surfaced throughout but there are one or two places where the route is quite narrow. Three short sections have gradients in steeper than 10% (1:10).

Surveyed by: . Fieldfare, September 2009 (Autumn)
Accessibility Rating: 4More Information
Distance: 1.0 km

Public Transport: No
Car Park: No
Steps: No
Barriers: No
Toilets: No

Full Profile

The trail to the Leighton Moss public hide starts at the RSPB visitor centre close to Silverdale Station at Ordnance Survey Reference SD476749. There is a public car park across the road from the visitor centre and a bus stop of local services. Accessible  parking bays are available in front of the visitor centre.

Start The trail to the Leighton Moss public hide starts at the RSPB visitor centre close to Silverdale Station at Ordnance Survey Reference SD476749. There is a public car park across the road from the visitor centre and a bus stop of local services. Accessible parking bays are available in front of the visitor centre.

Accessible parking bays are available in front of the visitor centre.

CarPark Accessible parking bays are available in front of the visitor centre.

The trail runs past the right hand side of the visitor centre building.

Direction The trail runs past the right hand side of the visitor centre building.

Cross the parking area  behind the visitor centre.

Direction Cross the parking area behind the visitor centre.

There are toilets at the visitor centre, including facilities for disabled  people. There is also a cafe.

Path There are toilets at the visitor centre, including facilities for disabled people. There is also a cafe.

The route to the hides is sign posted from the rear of the visitor centre. Not all sections are wide enough for two people to walk side by side comfortably.There is a short section of path with a gradient of about 12% (1:8) for 10m as the trail starts.The surface at this point is fairly typical of the path throughout the rest of the route to the public hide. It is a crushed stone path with some loose stones and occasional areas that are a little uneven.

Direction The route to the hides is sign posted from the rear of the visitor centre. Not all sections are wide enough for two people to walk side by side comfortably.There is a short section of path with a gradient of about 12% (1:8) for 10m as the trail starts.The surface at this point is fairly typical of the path throughout the rest of the route to the public hide. It is a crushed stone path with some loose stones and occasional areas that are a little uneven.

There is a small picnic area and bird feeding station at the back of the visitor centre.

Seat There is a small picnic area and bird feeding station at the back of the visitor centre.

A further 10m section of the trail has a gradient of about 11% (1:9) as the fork in the path is reached.

Gradient A further 10m section of the trail has a gradient of about 11% (1:9) as the fork in the path is reached.

Follow the trail to the left to reach the public hide.

Direction Follow the trail to the left to reach the public hide.

There several places along the trail where the route is narrowed where vegetation overhangs the path.

Width There several places along the trail where the route is narrowed where vegetation overhangs the path.

You pass Lilian's hide on your right on your way to the public hide. The ramp to Lilian's Hide is about 9% (1:11) for 10m.

Gradient You pass Lilian's hide on your right on your way to the public hide. The ramp to Lilian's Hide is about 9% (1:11) for 10m.

Trees and bushes encroach from the side and hangover the top of the path.

Clearance Trees and bushes encroach from the side and hangover the top of the path.

In one or two places the surface of the path is only about 400mm wide

Width In one or two places the surface of the path is only about 400mm wide

 

Path

 

Path

The amount of loose stone on the path varies in different places.

Surface The amount of loose stone on the path varies in different places.

This is the first of two kissing gates on the route. The width is about 700mm and the depth about 750mm

Barrier This is the first of two kissing gates on the route. The width is about 700mm and the depth about 750mm

The next section of the path is about 400mm  wide with only room on the grass to pass other visitors.

Width The next section of the path is about 400mm wide with only room on the grass to pass other visitors.

There is a short gradient of 12% (1:8) under the branches of the overhanging oak tree.

Gradient There is a short gradient of 12% (1:8) under the branches of the overhanging oak tree.

This is the only seat before the public hide is reached.

Seat This is the only seat before the public hide is reached.

There is a gradient of 19% (1:5) for 15m just after the bench.

Gradient There is a gradient of 19% (1:5) for 15m just after the bench.

Approaching the second gate there is a gradient of 22% (1:4) for 10m. The surface is uneven with some loose stones at this point.

Gradient Approaching the second gate there is a gradient of 22% (1:4) for 10m. The surface is uneven with some loose stones at this point.

The second gate has similar clearances as the first.

Barrier The second gate has similar clearances as the first.

The trail to the public hide joins the public road for a about 100m.The is the road that passes the visitor centre and is an alternative way to reach the public hide avoiding the two kissing gates.

Direction The trail to the public hide joins the public road for a about 100m.The is the road that passes the visitor centre and is an alternative way to reach the public hide avoiding the two kissing gates.

Beware of fast moving vehicles along this road.

Information Beware of fast moving vehicles along this road.

There are two points at which cars can be parked on the roadside as a means of getting as close as possible to the track that leads to the public hide.

CarPark There are two points at which cars can be parked on the roadside as a means of getting as close as possible to the track that leads to the public hide.

The track to the public hide runs directly off the road the runs from the visitor centre. It is wide enough for two people to walk side by side all the way to the hide.

Direction The track to the public hide runs directly off the road the runs from the visitor centre. It is wide enough for two people to walk side by side all the way to the hide.

There is a 35m slope to being with that has some tarmac but is mainly made up of crushed stone some of which is uneven and loose. The gradient is up to 16% (1:6) in places.Once beyond this slope the track is level and well surfaced.

Gradient There is a 35m slope to being with that has some tarmac but is mainly made up of crushed stone some of which is uneven and loose. The gradient is up to 16% (1:6) in places.Once beyond this slope the track is level and well surfaced.

The surface condition on this slope may make it difficult for some visitors.

Gradient The surface condition on this slope may make it difficult for some visitors.

There may be occasional branches hanging over the track.

Clearance There may be occasional branches hanging over the track.

 

Path

 

Path

 

Path

There a few limited views of the reed beds on both sides of the track on the approach to the public hide.

Path There a few limited views of the reed beds on both sides of the track on the approach to the public hide.

The trail may be shared with occasional cyclists.

Information The trail may be shared with occasional cyclists.

There are one or two areas where there are loose stones covering most of the path width.

Surface There are one or two areas where there are loose stones covering most of the path width.

 

Path

The Public Hide displays the international access sign. Access is by the door which opens outwards.

Gate The Public Hide displays the international access sign. Access is by the door which opens outwards.

There are some viewing stations with additional space under the shelf to accommodate wheelchair users. However there is a 50mm step immediately under the shelf.

Clearance There are some viewing stations with additional space under the shelf to accommodate wheelchair users. However there is a 50mm step immediately under the shelf.

The hide provides excellent bird watching across the reed beds of Leighton Moss.

Path The hide provides excellent bird watching across the reed beds of Leighton Moss.

There are two points at which cars can be parked on the roadside as a means of getting as close as possible to the track that leads to the public hide.

CarPark There are two points at which cars can be parked on the roadside as a means of getting as close as possible to the track that leads to the public hide.

There are some seats by the viewing board walks.

Path There are some seats by the viewing board walks.

Some boards walks provide close views of the reed bed environment.

Path Some boards walks provide close views of the reed bed environment.

Some boards walks provide close views of the reed bed environment.

Path Some boards walks provide close views of the reed bed environment.

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