RSPB Fairburn Ings Nature Reserve
Castleford, West Yorkshire
Set between Leeds, York and Wakefield, Fairburn Ings is an ideal family getaway. One-third of the 700-acre RSPB reserve is open water, and more than 270 species of birds have been recorded. A visitor centre provides information, and there’s an elevated boardwalk suitable for visitors with disabilities. You’ll see lots of wildlife here whatever the season, and there's always something to do, from pond-dipping to feeding the ducks, bug hunting or building a den. You can also indulge in some wildlife retail therapy or stock up on snacks and refreshments at the shop.
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Discover West Yorkshire
Everybody knows that Yorkshire has some special landscapes. The Dales and the Moors first spring to mind, but what about West Yorkshire? That’s Leeds and Bradford isn’t it? Back-to-back houses and blackened mills… Certainly if you had stood on any of the hills surrounding Hebden Bridge a hundred years ago, and gazed down into the valley, all you would have seen was the pall of smoke issuing from the chimneys of 33 textile mills. But thankfully, life changes very quickly in West Yorkshire. The textile trade went into terminal decline, the mills shut down forever and in a single generation Hebden Bridge became a place that people want to visit.
The surrounding countryside offers walking every bit as good as the more celebrated Yorkshire Dales; within minutes you can be tramping across the moors. And this close proximity of town and country is repeated all across West Yorkshire. There’s such diversity in the area that you can find yourself in quite unfamiliar surroundings, even close to places you may know very well. Take time to explore this rich county and you will be thrilled at what you find to shatter old myths and preconceptions.
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