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RSPB - Lakenheath Fen Trails

Station Road, Brandon, Suffolk, IP27 9AD

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Introduction

  • Comments View
    • Access from the Main Car Park to the Nature Reserve is via the Visitor Centre.
    • For more information about the visitor centre please view the relevant access guide.
    • There are guided walks around the nature reserve.

Opening Times

  • The reserve is open from dawn to dusk every day.

Location

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

Parking

  • The venue does have its own car park.
  • Venue Car Park View
    • Parking is not free for all users.
    • Parking is free for Blue Badge holders.
    • The car park is located off Station Road.
    • The car park type is open air/surface.
    • Parking spaces for Blue Badge holders do not need to be booked in advance.
    • The route from the car park to the entrance is accessible to a wheelchair user with assistance.
    • Assistance may be required because there is / are slopes/ramps.
    • The car park surface is loose chippings.
    • There is not a road to cross between the car park and the entrance.
    • The car park does not have a height restriction barrier.
  • Drop off Point View
    • There is not a designated drop off point.
  • Comments View
    • There are 2 unmarked signposted designated Blue Badge parking bays.
    • The car park is 50m from the Visitor Centre.
    • There is a parking area for Blue Badge holders at the start of the woodland trail. Contact the venue for more information.

Parking (Trail Parking)

  • The venue does have its own car park.
  • Venue Car Park View
    • The car park is located along the main circular trail and east wood trail.
    • The car park type is open air/surface.
    • There is/are 0 Blue Badge parking bay(s) within the car park.
    • The route from the car park to the entrance is accessible to a wheelchair user with assistance.
    • Assistance may be required because there is / are uneven surfaces.
    • The car park surface is grass.
    • There is not a road to cross between the car park and the entrance.
    • The car park does not have a height restriction barrier.
  • Drop off Point View
    • There is not a designated drop off point.
  • Comments View
    • This car park can be used by Blue Badge holders to get closer access to the trails.
    • Contact the venue in advance to use the parking area.

The Brandon Fen Family Trail

  • The Brandon Fen Family Trail is located next to the visitor centre.
  • The trail is a loop and finishes at the visitor centre.
  • The washland viewpoint is located along the trail.
  • The dipping pond is located on the trail.
  • The path is surfaced and has easy to moderate slopes in places along the paths.

The Trial Wood Trail

  • The Trial Wood Trail is located just off The Main Circular Trail.
  • The trail runs in a loop around the woodland and rejoins The Main Circular Trail.
  • The path has a grass surface and has easy to moderate slopes in places.

The East Wood Trail

  • The East Wood Trail starts next to the visitor centre and runs in a loop and finishes next to the visitor centre.
  • The paths along the trail are either surfaced or grass.
  • There are some easy to moderate slopes in places.
  • There are benches located at points along the path.
  • The new fen viewpoint is located along The East Wood Trail.
  • This is accessed by an easy slope.

The Main Circular Trail

  • The Main Circular Trail runs around the edge of the nature reserve.
  • The surface of the paths are either surfaced or grass.
  • There are easy to moderate slopes located along the path.
  • There are steeper slopes located the rear of the trail.
  • The Mere Hide is located along the trail after the Trial Wood Trail.
  • The Mere Hide is accessed by a wooden path.
  • There is an easy slope leading up to the hide.
  • The entrance to the hide is a single width door which is 79cm and opens away from you.
  • The benches in the hide can be moved for wheelchair users.
  • The Joist Fen Viewpoint is located at the rear of the nature reserve.

Accessible Toilet

  • There are accessible toilets within this venue designated for public use.
  • Location and Access View
    • The toilet is not for the sole use of disabled people.
    • There is pictorial signage on or near the toilet door.
    • The accessible toilet is 3m (3yd 10in) from the main entrance.
    • The accessible toilet is located immediately beyond the main entrance.
    • There is level access to the accessible toilet.
  • Features and Dimensions View
    • This is a unisex toilet.
    • A key is not required for the accessible toilet.
    • The door opens outwards.
    • The door is locked by a twist lock.
    • The width of the accessible toilet door is 85cm (2ft 9in).
    • The door weight is light.
    • The dimensions of the accessible toilet are 165cm x 215cm (5ft 5in x 7ft 1in).
    • There is sufficient turning space in the cubicle for a wheelchair user.
    • There is a lateral transfer space.
    • As you face the toilet pan the transfer space is on the left.
    • The lateral transfer space is 79cm (2ft 7in).
    • There is a dropdown rail on the transfer side.
    • There is a flush on the transfer side.
    • The tap type is lever.
    • There is a mixer tap.
    • There is an emergency alarm in the cubicle.
    • The emergency alarm is not fully functional.
    • The alarm was out of reach (higher than 10cm (4") from floor) when surveyed.
    • Disposal facilities are not available in the cubicle.
    • There is not a coat hook.
  • Position of Fixtures View
    • Wall mounted rails are available.
    • As you face the toilet the wall mounted grab rails are on both sides.
    • There is not a shelf within the accessible toilet.
    • There are mirrors.
    • Mirrors are placed at a lower level or at an angle for ease of use.
    • The height of the toilet seat above floor level is 47cm (1ft 7in).
    • There is a hand dryer.
    • The hand dryer cannot be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The hand dryer is not placed higher than 100cm (3ft 3in).
    • There is not a towel dispenser.
    • There is a toilet roll holder.
    • The toilet roll holder can be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The toilet roll holder is not placed higher than 100cm (3ft 3in).
    • There is a sink.
    • The sink can be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The sink is placed higher than 74cm (2ft 5in).
    • The height of the sink is 76cm (2ft 6in).
  • Colour Contrast and Lighting View
    • The contrast between the external door and wall is good.
    • The contrast between the internal door and wall is good.
    • The contrast between the grab rails and wall is poor.
    • The contrast between the drop down rails and wall is poor.
    • The contrast between the walls and floor is fair.
    • The lighting levels are bright.
  • Baby Change Facilities View
    • Baby change facilities are located within the venue.
    • Baby change facilities are located within the accessible toilet.
    • The height of the baby change table once extended is 90cm (2ft 11in).

Standard Toilet(s)

Additional Info

  • Staff do not receive disability awareness / equality training.
  • Documents are not available in Braille.
  • Documents are not available in large print.
  • A bowl of water can be provided for an assistance dog.