Fairburn Ings Walk
This lovely nature reserve in the Aire Valley has some nice footpaths to follow around the substantial site.
The reserve includes a number of pretty lakes and nice riverside paths along the River Aire. You can look out for hundreds of different species of birds from a number of bird hides. Habitats in the reserve include flood meadows, wet fenland, marsh and reed bed, woodland and scrub.
To continue your walking you can pick up the Wakefield Canal in Castleford and enjoy a waterside walk along the towpath.
PostcodeWF10 2BH - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations
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Fairburn Ings Ordnance Survey Map - view and print off detailed OS map
Fairburn Ings Open Street Map - view and print off detailed map
Fairburn Ings OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking
Fairburn Ings Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking
The reserve is a nice place to walk the dog but please keep them on leads or under close control because of the wildlife.
Further Information and Other Local Ideas
A couple of miles south west of the reserve you'll find Pontefract Park. There's another nature reserve here with habitats including grassland, a lake, woodland, wetland and small areas of open water. Also nearby is Brockadale Nature Reserve.
Our Castleford Walk also starts from the visitor centre at the reserve. It takes you along the river to Allerton Bywater and RSPB St Aidan's to the north west of the town. The reserve is another great place for bird watching with bittern, marsh harrier and skylark to look out for.