Have you ever wondered what you could do with all the mud left over from building a tunnel under the Conwy estuary? No, me neither.
But, what they did do was to make a nature reserve for the RSPB at Conwy.
Situated on the banks of the Conwy estuary, with magnificent views of Snowdonia and Conwy Castle, this reserve is delightful at any time of year.
Accessibility for Disabled
Accessed from the main A55 expressway along a tarmac drive. The car park is rolled stone and there are specific bays marked for disabled visitors in the area nearest to the visitor centre. The car park has a height restriction of 2 m, with limited parking outside the barrier.
Access to visitor centre, shop and coffee shop
There are dedicated parking bays in front of the Visitor Centre for registered blue-badge holders. Entrance to the Visitor Centre is directly from the car park via either a short flight of three steps or a wheelchair ramp from the disabled parking bays.
On entrance to the Visitor Centre, facing you is the reception desk and to the right the shop. Walking through the shop, a doorway with a small ramp takes you out onto the reserve and to a tarmac path leading directly to the coffee shop.
A large panoramic window looks out onto one of the lagoons of the reserve and then out to the Conwy Valley and the peaks of Snowdonia. Telescopes are available for people to use. Outside the coffee shop a number of wheelchair accessible picnic tables are available.
Unisex adapted toilets are available for disabled visitors within the coffee shop.
Access to trails
The trails are firm and generally level though a little rough in places. Wheelchair access is recommended only for the first kilometre – a loop that features two hides and a children’s trail before returning to the visitor centre.
It is possible to circle the entire site (3 km), including a section beside the Conwy estuary, but the surface is slightly less compacted though is level. Powered chairs are capable of this longer route. The estuary can be viewed from cars beside the entrance road, at the bottom of the slope, however parking here is limited.
Audio trail cassettes are available for the hard of hearing.
Two hides are within 500 m of the visitor centre overlooking the lagoons. All the hides are accessible to wheelchairs, with suitable bays for birdwatching.
One hide and two viewing screens on the estuary route are not easily accessible with rather steep approaches from the perimeter track.
One wheelchair available for loan – contact the reserve for availability.
The shop and visitor centre is open every day (except Christmas Day) from 9.30 am-5 pm. The coffee shop is open from 10 am-4.30 pm (to 4 pm from November to March).
Members free. Non-members: adults £2.50, concessions £1.50, children £1.