The canal bridge is temporarily closed - restricted access and opening times apply - please refer to our News item NEWS for further details.

Plan your visit

Plan Your Visit to Rodley Nature Reserve

PLEASE NOTE THAT AS FROM  3 JANUARY 2022 THE RESERVE WILL BE TEMPORARILY CLOSED TO VISITORS – PLEASE REFER TO NEWS ITEM

The Reserve is open to members of the public every Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday and most Bank Holidays as follows:

  • March until the end of October – 9am to 5pm (Visitor Centre 10am to 4pm)
  • November until end of February – 9am to 4pm (Visitor Centre 10am to 3.30pm)

Special openings are also available for community groups, schools and walking groups by arrangement – please refer to the contact page.

The Reserve is located off Rodley Town Street appox 5 miles west of Leeds City Centre and is accessed by crossing the swing bridge over the Leeds and Liverpool Canal and then following the access road to cross the bridge over the River Aire.

Please note that unfortunately, because of the wildlife, we are only able to allow registered assistance dogs onto the Reserve.

By Car

The Reserve is well signed from the A6120 Leeds Outer Ring Road and then from the A657 Rodley Town Street. (Brown direction signs).

Car Parking is available on site just after crossing the bridge over the River Aire. Further parking and blue badge parking is available adjacent to the Visitor Centre.

Please note – The Reserve does not have a specific post code but LS13 1HP will take you to Rodley Town Street.

By Bus

The Reserve is served by routes 35 and 60 both of which have nearby stops on Rodley Town Street.

By Cycle

The Reserve is located on National Cycle Route 66 via the Leeds to Bingley Aire Valley Towpath Route. Cycling is allowed on the access road to the Visitor Centre where there are ample racks to secure cycles.

By Walking

The Reserve can be accessed from Rodley Town Street via the swing bridge and has easy access from the Leeds and Liverpool Canal towpath.