GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Fairburn Ings Walk

2 miles (4 km)

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 andreed 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.


WF10 2BH - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations

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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.


On the boardwalk - - 785959

On the boardwalk

Gatekeeper Butterfly - - 890387

Gatekeeper Butterfly

Village Bay hide at Fairburn Ings RSPB nature reserve - - 1256138

Village Bay hide at Fairburn Ings RSPB nature reserve

Top of Fairburn Cut - - 776692

Top of Fairburn Cut


GPS Files

GPX File

Fairburn Ings.gpx (On Desktop:Right Click>'Save As. On Ipad/Iphone:Click and hold>Share>Save to Files')

Memory Map Route

Fairburn Ings.mmo (On Desktop:Right Click>'Save As. On Ipad/Iphone:Click and hold >Share>Save to Files)