Dearne Valley - Old Moor Nature Reserve (RSPB)


Dearne Valley, Old Moor Lane, Wombwell, Barnsley, S73 0YF

Who we are

Wildlife, birds and beautiful landscapes.


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Situated right at the heart of the Dearne Valley, Old Moor is a wonderful place to come and watch wildlife.

The skies, fields and open water are teeming with birds throughout the year. In the summer the grasslands are ablaze with butterflies and orchids, and you’ll be able to see newly-hatched ducklings.

In winter the reserve is an important stopping-off point for ducks, geese and swans - plus 8,000 golden plovers! There are lots of events, guided walks and family activities, as well as home-cooked food in the café and a well-stocked shop. The reserve is a great day out for young and old alike. Plan to spend up to three hours for a good visit to the reserve, or longer if you want to sample our home cooking in the café. All paths are accessible, but sensible shoes are best to make the most of your walk around the reserve.

Whilst we do have shelter in the hides, the shop and café, it is advised to bring a mac if the weather looks inclement. Children can have fun on the climbing frames, swings and slide in the 'Kids Go Wild' adventure playground.

There are also Wildlife Explorer backpacks available for hire. These contain bug jars, binoculars and guide books to help children get the most out of their visit.

Opening Times

Car park: Open, daily 9:00am-4:30pm Closed outside of these hours.  
Nature reserve: Open, daily 9:30am-4pm Closed outside of these hours.  
Toilets: Open daily, 9:30am-4pm. 
Visitor Centre: Currently closed.
Shop: Open 10am – 3:30pm
Café: Open daily, 9:30am-3:30pm (take away refreshments only)  
Hides: Currently closed.  .

Contact Details

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Phone number: 01226 751593

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Address: Old Moor Lane, Wombwell, Barnsley, S73 0YF


Address details:

Dearne Valley, Old Moor Lane, Wombwell, Barnsley, S73 0YF

Other Details

Cost: Free to RSPB Members Adults £5 Children £2.50 Family £11 Concessions £3.50 Free access from Old Moor to BMBC 'passport to leisure' and 'Rothercard' holders

Eligibility: No dogs are allowed (except registered assistance dogs) on Old Moor

Published: 09 August 2019