Know before you go
The river bank is subject to continuous erosion and is unsafe at certain times of the year. Contact the trust for further information
There is no wheelchair access at this reserve.
When to visit
Opening timesOpen at all times
Best time to visitMay to August
About the reserve
The chief interest of this grassland reserve lies in its potential as an otter refuge, together with the four main habitats found here: the river itself rich in invertebrates; the tree-lined river bank; the flood-plain with its mixture of damp-loving plants such as tansy and hemlock; and the mixed deciduous woodland on the steep bank frequented by woodland birds. The path leading from the reserve entrance partly follows the remains of an old horse-drawn tramway from Hay-on-Wye, constructed about 1818 as an embankment along the eastern edge of the common.