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How to get toRSPB Fairburn Ingscar-free

Visit RSPB Fairburn Ings car-free

From Pontefract and Knottingley, bus 493 runs every couple of hours (Monday to Saturday) to the village of Fairburn. The bus takes 20 minutes and the village is a 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).

Cyclists welcome - plan your route here

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

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