Coombe Hill Canal and Meadows
Know before you go
Although level, the path is heavily rutted through use by horses and can be very muddy. There is a 1km walk from the car park along the canal towpath to the entrance to the meadows and hides.
There is a 1km walk from the car park along the canal towpath to the entrance to the meadows and hides. The towpath is level and offers good views but it can become rutted and very muddy after wet weather.
When to visit
Opening timesOpen at all times
Best time to visitAll year
About the reserve
It is a very special site for wetland birds, particularly waders and migrating waterfowl, but also watch out for birds of prey, including hen harriers, peregrine falcons and goshawks. Snipe, redshanks, oystercatchers, lapwings and curlews are just a few of the many birds sighted here, and there are spectacular numbers of over-wintering wildfowl during times of high water. One of the best sites in Gloucestershire, Coombe Hill boasts 17 species of dragonflies and damselflies, including the hairy dragonfly, scarce chaser and emperor dragonfly.
The Grundon Hide and Ashleworth Hide are both currently open. Please remember to observe social distancing and ensure there is only one household using a hide at any one time. Unfortunately, the Long Pool Hide will remain closed due to structural damage.