Middlesborough, North Yorkshire
Average time spent – 2-3 hours.
Things to do at RSPB Saltholme review
We visited RSPB Saltholme nature reserve on a 50mph windy day not knowing much about the place. We were pleasantly surprised and we would certainly return. The staff greeted us with one of the warmest welcomes we’ve ever received anywhere which was a great start to our visit.
Our son was handed a special kid’s wild challenge map of the reserve. It listed so many fun things for kids to do and enjoy, even on a cold winter’s day we had fun and I can imagine it’s even better in the warmer months. We took the Lake walk one of 5 circular walks. Some paths and walks are accessible and some are more challenging with wellies recommended.
Our walk started with a visit to Alice in Wonderland’s dinner table. You can sit down at a lovely natural table. We also had fun pumping water down a series of tables at the water works and tentatively walked through the welly splash as we didn’t have our wellies.
Our walk then took us to a couple of excellent bird hides. The glass has been cleverly designed so the birds can’t see you. It was nice to see massive windows instead of small wooden flaps. One of the hides also had bird tables with wild bird food right by the window and it was lovely spotting all the different wild birds (of which there were many). We then finished at an excellent adventure playground with plenty for kids of all ages to play on.
Other things to do include 4 different areas for pond dipping, a board walk alongside the water, den building, tree shaking, dead wood hunting, a mud hut and meadow sweeping. I hope all RSPB nature reserves go this way because it is a great way for kids to get out in nature and learn more about it.
Eating – There is a cafe with a lovely view over the reserve. There are picnic tables outdoors.
Facilities in brief – A series of 5 different walks varying in length and ability. An adventure playground plus wellie walk, water play, sculptures, pond dipping, den building, bird spotting and more. There are toilets in the visitor centre, a cafe and a shop.
Entry price – *Cheap or free to members of the RSPB
*Prices are subject to change and/or discounts online. *Cheap. Entrance is just £3 for an adult and free for the first child or £1.50 for an additional child. Under 5’s are free. Parking is free.
Opening: The nature reserve is open all year round apart from Christmas day. For up to date opening times and dates please follow this link.
Address: A178 Seaton Carew Rd, Stockton-on-Tees, Middlesbrough TS2 1TU , North Yorkshire, England. Phone: 01642 546625
Category – Great outdoors, suitable for all ages.
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