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Rabbit Ings Country Park

Lund Hill Lane, Royston, South Yorkshire, S71 4BB

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About this venue

Rabbit Ings is a country park located on the former colliery yard and spoil heap of the Monkton Colliery and then the Royston Drift Mine, which closed in 1989. The 64-hectare site, situated near Royston in South Yorkshire, is home to an array of wildlife – including newts, snakes and herons. Walking: Our extensive path network offers a variety of walks suitable for differing levels of fitness. There are benches around the site offering a place to rest and good views. Cycling: The hard surfaced paths are ideal for a family cycle while the hill provides for those looking for more of a challenge There's a winding bike trail from the top of the hill down the western slope that offers a thrilling ride. Horse riding: There is easy access on to site for horse riders at each entry point as well as a bridleway. Den building: Our woodland habitat offers a great place for young people to learn how to make their own shelter. Pond dipping: Learn what fascinating creatures live under the water at our classroom pond. Minibeast hunt: Sweep netting in our extensive grasslands can turn up all sorts of interesting bugs, from colourful beetles to slimy snails Sports pitches - We have three football pitches and an event field by the car park that can be hired. We also have two changing rooms and a referees room. Classroom & meeting room - we have a heated room with tables, chairs, projector space and tea & coffee facilities available for workshops, conferences and staff away days. Geocaching - Rabbit Ings has a number of Geocaches established, why not see if you can find them?School trips - Our rangers are available to lead guided walks and activities on the park for your school. Staff away days - We offer the use of our meeting room and we have the capacity to host team building activities, as well as volunteer conservation work, such as tree planting. Conservation, Wildlife, Flora, Fauna There are woodlands and wetlands, providing a variety of habitats for wildlife, including Skylarks, Wheatear and Meadow Pipits in spring. If you're lucky, you may also spot

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  • There is not a bus stop within 150m (164yds) of the venue.
  • The nearest National Rail station is Barnsley.

Opening Times

  • The venue is open 24hrs.


  • The venue does have its own car park.
  • Venue Car Park View
    • Parking is free for all users.
    • The car park is located at the front of the venue.
    • The car park type is open air/surface.
    • Parking spaces for Blue Badge holders cannot booked in advance.
    • There is/are 4 Blue Badge parking bay(s) within the car park.
    • The dimensions of the Blue Badge parking bay(s) are 360cm x 480cm (11ft 10in x 15ft 9in).
    • The nearest Blue Badge bay is 14m (15yd 11in) from the Main Entrance.
    • The furthest Blue Badge bay is 22m (24yd 2in) from the Reception Entrance.
    • The route from the car park to the entrance is accessible to a wheelchair user unaided.
    • The car park surface is tarmac.
    • There is not a road to cross between the car park and the entrance.
    • The car park does have a height restriction barrier.
    • The maximum height is 210cm (6ft 11in).
  • Drop-off Point View
    • There is not a designated drop off point.
  • Comments View
    • The car park is open until 8pm in the summer months and till dusk in the winter months.
    • Photographs 5, 6 and 7 show the car park at the Bridle Path entrance.
    • This car park is open 24 hours.
    • There are two Blue Badge bays at this car park.

Outside Access (Reception)

  • Entrance View
    • This information is for the entrance located at the front of the building in the car park.
    • There is step-free access at this entrance.
    • There is not a bell/buzzer.
    • There is not an intercom.
    • The main door(s) open(s) away from you (push).
    • The door(s) is/are single width.
    • The width of the door opening is 86cm.

Access Point (Bridle Path Entrance)

  • Access Point View
    • This information is for the access point located off Lund Hill Lane.
    • There is not an information board/map at this access point.
    • There is step-free access at this access point.
    • There is an open gap for access past a barrier.
    • The width of the gap is 100cm.
    • The barrier is 75cm wide at the highest point. There is horse access to the left of the K access barrier.


  • The desk/counter is 4m (4yd 1ft) from the Entrance.
  • There is level access to the desk/counter from the entrance.
  • The desk/counter is low (76cm or lower).
  • The lighting levels are good.
  • There is not a hearing assistance system.
  • Comments View
    • This area is also used as a classroom and a team meeting room.

Parks and Gardens

  • The park or garden does have footpaths.
  • The path(s) has a / have compact earth, gravel and muddy surface(s).
  • The majority of the path(s) is / are wide enough for wheelchair users.
  • There are moderate and steep slopes on the paths.
  • There are some bench seats situated along the paths for people to rest.
  • Comments View
    • Photographs 8 and 9 show the dipping pond and the dipping pond platform.
    • Photograph 10 shows the K access barrier with horse access leading to the bridle path.
    • The barrier is 100cm wide at ground level and 75cm wide at the highest point.

Accessible Changing Room (Currently Closed)

  • There are accessible changing rooms available.
  • The facility is 10m (10yd 2ft) from the Reception Entrance.
  • The door opens inwards.
  • The width of the door is 86cm (2ft 10in).
  • The door is locked by a twist lock.
  • The dimensions of the accessible changing room are 244cm x 270cm (8ft x 8ft 10in).
  • The toilet does not have an unobstructed minimum turning space of 150cm x 150cm.
  • There is a lateral transfer space.
  • As you face the toilet pan the transfer space is on the right.
  • The lateral transfer space is 178cm (5ft 10in).
  • There is a dropdown rail on the transfer side.
  • There is a flush on the transfer side.
  • Wall mounted rails are available.
  • The toilet seat is 48cm (1ft 7in) above floor level.
  • There is a sink.
  • The sink can be reached from seated on the toilet.
  • The height of the sink is 71cm (2ft 4in).
  • The tap type is lever.
  • There is a mixer tap.
  • There is an emergency alarm in the cubicle.
  • The alarm was out of reach (higher than 10cm (4") from floor) when surveyed.
  • There is not a locker within the accessible changing room.
  • There is not a changing bench.
  • There is a wheel in shower.
  • The facilities available in the accessible shower are an adjustable shower head and a flip-down seat.
  • The height of the seat is 54cm (1ft 9in).
  • Comments View
    • There is a metal outer door which is permanently held open until 8pm in the summer and till dusk in the winter.
    • This area is also serves as the accessible and standard toilet.
    • There is a similar accessible changing room adjacent that is not always open.
    • As of April 2024, this facility is closed.

Standard Toilet(s)

Additional Info

  • A bowl of water can be provided for an assistance dog.
  • An assistance dog toilet area can be provided onsite.
  • The assistance dog toilet area is located throughout the Park.