free entry (charge for cars)

How to get toRSPB Fairburn Ingscar-free

Visit RSPB Fairburn Ings car-free

Visit by bus for just £2 each way. Most buses in England are offering £2 Single Fares until 31st December 2024. Our journey planner will show you if your route is included, or you can find a full list of participating operators and routes here.

From Pontefract and Knottingley, bus 493 runs a few times per day (Monday to Saturday) to the village of Fairburn. The bus takes about 20 minutes and the village is an about ten-minute stroll from one edge of the reserve, with a waterside walkway soon offering views across Village Bay.

Alternatively, from Castleford railway station, it’s a 1½ mile walk, through town and along a waterside path to the edge of RSPB Fairburn Ings. The prettiest route (but not the most direct) is across the Millennium Bridge, then left along the bank of the River Aire. Cross another footbridge near the lock and turn right along the bank of the Aire and Calder Navigation for ¾ mile with water on your right. The visitor centre is a further walk through the reserve.

There are regular trains to Castleford from Leeds (20 minutes) and Sheffield (1 hour). There are regular trains to Knottingley from Castleford (16 minutes) and Leeds (about 40 minutes).

Use our journey planner to get the best route from where you are.

Cyclists welcome - plan your route here

Free entry. Arriving without a car means you don’t need to pay parking charges.

Here’s some information on accessibility on buses and trains.

About RSPB Fairburn Ings

A big, beautiful reserve in the Aire Valley with flood meadows, fenland, woods, reedbeds, several lakes and riverside paths. Among the many birds to spot from the trails and hides are herons and kingfishers, woodpeckers and goldfinches, along with rarer visitors like green sandpiper and black-tailed godwits.

For any queries about visiting contact RSPB Fairburn Ings on 01977 628191 or

Address: RSPB Fairburn Ings, Newton Ln, Castleford WF10 2BH. Visit Website