Watchtree Nature Reserve, Carlisle

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  • Quite cycling with the kids. Perfect for letting them burn off some steam. Tarmaced for the majority but we thought the off road was a little more challenging and so fun too. Very knowledgeable staff....  more »
  • We came here we very little cycling experience and an 11 month old Staff are super helpful and we got to get a ‘bike’ to suit - a four wheeler that was perfect and so much fun!!!!! Probably prettier i...  more »
  • We had a lovely walk around this nature reserve which is nice and flat so an easy walk. The bird hides add a bit of interest and the paths are clearly set out. Disappointed no decent coffee at the end...  more »
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  • Worth it if you become a member as you can hire bikes cheaply and kids can try out unusual bikes. Good for hire of adaptive bikes. Great for birds and wildlife. Windy though! Basic cafe which is fine but don't expect a wide selection. But that's not really what it's all about.
  • Beautiful place to visit, plenty of parking, visitors centre, toilets and a nice cafe/shop. On top of that you have wildlife lots and lots of wildlife of all shapes and sizes. From deer, to dragonflies hawks to hares, plenty of space to wander and admire, some bird hides to watch from but possibly the best part, its flat, as an old airfield its flat and a there are good paths and roads all over excellent for wheelchair and cycle access, then just when you think what else could their possibly be, you can hire a variety of pedal powered machinery to travel about the reserve too, some perfect for the less abled, 2 seaters you name it. very very friendly staff too.
  • A wonderful legacy to the tragedy of Foot and Mouth disease which occurred in Cumbria in 2001. The reserve is continuing to mature into a superb conservation site and is one of the very best for access for people with disabilities. A wide range of species can be found here, across a range of habitats and is improving year on year. The specialist cycle hire is very affordable and again caters commendably for disabled users. The centre has excellent, knowledgeable staff, hosts fun workshops and guided walks for all ages and maintains a friendly, inclusive atmosphere making this a welcoming place to visit. Whilst access to the reserve is free, I'd urge everyone who visits to become a paid supporter (for a very affordable sum) which gains visitors out of hours access and reductions on cycle hire.
  • Would definitely go again enjoyed every minute of it an excellent idea if I must say so
  • Lovely for a walk or bike hire. Good range of bikes for those with differing abilities.

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