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“Better information on trails”
3 of 5 bubbles Review of Fairburn Ings

Fairburn Ings
Ranked #3 of 20 things to do in Castleford
Certificate of Excellence
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Leeds, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
89 reviews
60 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
“Better information on trails”
Reviewed December 2, 2013

Took in this RSPB nature reserve as it formed part of a walk, which began at Ledston. Very impressed at the amount information conveyed at various points of interest (particularly good aimed at kids), the different trails which people could pursue. It's a lovely location, quite wooded and good paths. However, I do have a criticism; following the signs for the hides. On the Riverbank Walk, spent a lot of time passing signs for hides but it was 20 minutes before we came across one. Thought we'd missed something. Signage giving distances would have been helpful. First hide was full and then that appeared to be it. We continued. We stopped at a 'band stand'. Not sure if this was the second hide or not. No information. Onwards, don't recall signage to the third hide.

Visited November 2013
Thank Dillan1965
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RSPBFairburnIngs, Visitor Officer at Fairburn Ings, responded to this review, January 1, 2014
Hi Dillan1965, thanks for you review last month. It's great to hear you enjoyed your walk around the area, including RSPB Fairburn Ings.

We always appreciate constructive feedback from our visitors. With regards to signage on the reserve, we are in the process of reviewing our signage at the moment. We have recently installed some information panels in some of the hides. These panels offer much more information to visitors about the reserve, it's wildlife, heritage and the conservation work we do. Hopefully we will secure the funding to improve the directional signage on the reserve in the near future too.

If you ever have any questions about the reserve please feel free to pop into the visitor centre and talk to one of the team. We also have Volunteer Rangers who walk most of the reserve every day and are happy to give people help, be it directions to the next hide, help identifying some wildlife, or advice on where to see a kingfisher.

We hope to see you at Fairburn again soon, and would love to hear what you think about the new information panels.

Many thanks, Beki Williams, Aire Valley Visitor Officer.
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English first
Castleford, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
38 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed November 25, 2013

This is a wonderful place to walk around. Children like to see the birds near the visitor centre where they are fed. It is good to get away from the crowds on the path next to the river and plenty of hides to watch from.

Visited October 2013
Thank Margaret K
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Pontefract, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
254 reviews
113 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 103 helpful votes
“A Haven”
Reviewed October 28, 2013

The Ings has a RSPB Nature reserve and the old spoil heaps are gradually being reclaimed. If you know your way around, there are pleasant walks. Visit the 3 Horse Shoes if you would like a drink or a meal.

Visited October 2013
1 Thank JohnScarr70
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west yorkshire
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80 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
Reviewed October 9, 2013

Peaceful, nice for walks and nature. Often see the kingfishers. Friendly staff in RSPB. Nic3 pubs nearby.

Visited October 2013
1 Thank princessfefe
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West Yorkshire, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
52 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“Take your time”
Reviewed September 17, 2013

A trip to Fair burn Ings is high on our list when we just want to slow down and just enjoy the countryside and the wildlife here. The visitor centre is a great place to start your visit. There is ample parking and a short walk along a path to the building where the staff are wonderfully knowledgeable and welcoming and can help you to plan a walk through the nature reserve. If you just want to sit there is a balcony overlooking the wildlife garden where there are a variety of bird feeders which attract lovely birds that fly in and out of the adjoining hedgerow. Plenty to do for children and the paths are accessible for disabled visitors. This is a great asset and the RSPB are to be congratulated.

Visited September 2013
Thank CheshireTravelgirl
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