Know before you go
Parking informationSmall car park
A circular boardwalk suitable for wheelchairs.
By foot from Presteigne town centre, go down Pound Lane off the High Street, turn left onto Mill Lane and follow public footpath directly towards reserve.
By car from Presteigne, take the B4355 towards Knighton. After 400m turn into a small car park on the right. Walk through the meadow along the Old Leat to reach the reserve.
When to visit
Opening timesAll year round.
Best time to visitApril to June
About the reserve
There's a fine show of spring flowers including marsh marigold and wood anemone. Along the river, grey wagtail and dipper search for insects and a high pitched 'peeping' sound may reveal a streak of turquoise as a kingfisher flies past.
In late spring and early summer, the wood is full of bird song as spotted flycatcher, redstart, willow tit, bullfinch, blackcap and other birds come here to breed. Nuthatch, treecreeper and woodpeckers can be seen and heard all year.
If you wait quietly by the riverside you can see wild brown trout in the shallows. On sunnier days, dragonflies and damselflies will be marking out their territories.