Plan Your Visit

How to find us

Off the A65/Countances Way between Ben Rhydding and Manor Row. There is a lay by outside the Moss & Moor Garden Centre and Car  Wash. Look out for the large metal gate between the trees a few yards  down in the direction of Burley .To enter the reserve follow the public footpath sign next to the metal gate for a few metres and then turn immediately right.  We are happy to give tours of the reserve to organised groups, please just get in touch.

Call Steve Parkes on 07770 840156  or

You can also find us on Google and Trip advisor

By Car: There is parking in the lay-by. Please do not obstruct any gates or the bus stop. If you cannot find a space to park in the layby our friends at Moss & Moor have kindly offered for visitors to use their car park. If you do so, please use their lower car park leaving the spaces nearest the garden centre entrance clear for their customers.  Please do not obstruct Ilkley Anglers gate as they need access

By Public Transport: Ben Rhydding railway station is approximately 2km away. The reserve is served by routes 650,652,962,963 that stop in the lay-by.

By Foot: The reserve can be reached on the footpath that runs alongside the A65 between Ben Rhydding and Manor Row.

Cyclists can chain their bikes to a suitable tree, but no cycling on the reserve itself please.


The site is level with grass pathways (sometimes muddy) and is accessible for people with limited mobility but is unsuitable for wheelchair users or pushchairs

Entering the reserve

Follow the public footpath sign next to the metal gate for a few metres and then turn immediately right.

You are welcome to bring a push-bike into the reserve but please don’t ride on the site itself. You can always lock it to the metal supports for the notice board.

Alternative Entrance 

There is an alternative entrance for able bodied walkers that approach the reserve from the direction of Burley. When walking on the A65 footpath there is a small gap in the fence at the point where the river starts to leave the roadside. You will see a simple sign.  The route offers a slightly longer, though healthier and more rewarding alternative to the roadside. Not suitable for pushchairs or wheelchairs, no bicycles please.


Please be mindful that the reserve has steep and  eroding river cliffs,  deep water trip hazards such as brambles, branches and rabbit holes. If you notice anything dangerous then please do not hesitate to let us know by email, phone ot text


Dogs must be kept under control and on a short lead at all times in consideration for the wildlife, breeding birds in particular and other visitors who may not appreciate your pet approaching them. This will be legally enforced by a Dog Control Order in the coming months. Please clean up after your dog and take your dog waste home

CORONAVIRUS Please note the reserve remains open and welcome for local visitors to enjoy as part of their daily exercise routine. Please ensure you comply with government guidelines at the time of your visit regarding social distancing etc