1. From the car park, turn left along the old railway, until you reach a set of three sculpted wooden arches on the right. Turn right and pass through these arches on to the boardwalk. Follow the boardwalk until you pass a succession of ponds on your left. Continue along the boardwalk until you arrive at a short flight of steps on your right and a sign giving details of the Riverside Walk (dogs are not permitted beyond this point).
2. From this point, visitors who would care to make use of the informative observatory should continue along the boardwalk to a junction on the right, and follow this to the observatory building. Return to the steps to continue the Riverside Walk.
3. Descend the steps and follow the short section of boardwalk to a gate. Pass through the gate and continue along the boggy path that crosses the wet rushy meadow. As the ground rises slightly, and just before a gate, turn left and follow the red-topped posts that will guide you between the wetland to the left and the farmland to the right.
4. The grassy and sometimes boggy trail continues through a gate, and follows the farmland edge to a point, marked with a post, where the trail turns sharply to the left to follow a raised bank towards the river. Turn right to cross the small wooden bridge. The trail now continues to the next redtopped post where it adjoins the river bank.
5. Cross three double planks with handrail, one marked 4, then a stile. Now head deeper into the fen alongside the river on a grassy bank. The river now twists and turns, at one point forming a swan’s neck – as always keep an eye out for red-topped guideposts. Eventually cross two more bridges, the second of which crosses a larger side-stream from the right. Turn sharp left after this to continue following the riverbank, and two more river-meanders
later, reach the end of the riverside section. This is indicated by a red-topped post with an arrow directing a turn to the right.
6. Bear right over a section of boardwalk and a bridge, and then it's an easy boardwalk all the way to the old railway track. Turn right and follow this back to the car park.
Distance: 6.5 kilometre/4 miles
Time: 2–3 hours
Terrain: Initial boardwalk leads to very boggy ground at the start
of the Riverside Walk. The path may flood during wet weather.
Red-topped wooden marker posts guide the way over the wetland.
Suitable for: Fit and experienced walkers. Dogs are not permitted on this walk.
Start/Finish: Cors Caron Car Park SN692625
Public toilets: Cors Caron Car Park
Public transport: None
Maps: OS Landranger 146; Explorer 187, 199
Parking: Cors Caron Car Park
NOTE: For a period during the summer, the Riverside Walk is closed to permit grazing management. It is also closed on several Saturdays during the winter. Signs are erected giving details of these necessary restrictions.
The fully accessible circular boardwalk route runs for 1.1 miles (1.7 kilometres) over the south-east bog.
The access to the boardwalk is 450 metres from the main car park along a fully accessible path (the total distance of the return route is 1.6 miles/2.6kilometres).
The route goes past the entrance to an observation building where you can enjoy a peaceful view of the reserve and its wildlife.
There are passing and resting places along the way.
There is some seating along the boardwalk and in the observation building.
There are accessible toilets in the main car park.