The Stanley Marsh Nature Reserve is small but contains a wide variety of habitats and can be enjoyed in any season of the year.
Calculated time is computed with the distance, the height difference, and an average speed of 2.2 mph. For an intermediate walker, this time includes small breaks.
(D/A) Start in the car park at the Stanley Ferry Pub. Walk out of the car park and cross the main road, the path begins immediately in front of you.
(1) Walk down the narrow well-defined track to Smalley Bight Farm. Turn right at the signpost and pass through a wooden kissing gate. Keep to the board track through the farmyard and to the left of the Bungalow. Continue to where the track merges but walk straight ahead through a wooden gate on a green path as far as the Waste Water Treatment Plant.
(2) Turn left and walk on a tarmac track to the main Aberford Road. Cross the road and turn left. After about 100m turn right and walk onto Oak Avenue, continue onto Lime Pit Lane.
(3) Turn left, walk past the Café and cross the road. Locate the entrance to the Nature Reserve on your right. Enter the gate, walk 50m and turn right. Follow the path the whole way around the Reserve.
(4) Leave the Reserve, turn right and cross over Aberford Road. Take the path straight ahead and walk back to the Stanley Ferry Pub car park. (D/A)
D/A : mi 0 - alt. 69ft - Stanley Ferry Pub
1 : mi 0.42 - alt. 72ft - Smalley Bight Farm
2 : mi 0.73 - alt. 69ft - Water Lane
3 : mi 1.04 - alt. 82ft - Lime Pit Lane
4 : mi 1.68 - alt. 82ft - Reserve
D/A : mi 2.4 - alt. 69ft - Stanley Ferry Pub
An easy, level walk, mainly on good all-weather footpaths together with some roadside pavements. Paths in the Nature Reserve may become slippery in wet weather.
The Stanley Ferry Pub – food, refreshments, toilets and children’s play area.
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