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Wheldrake Ings YWT North Yorkshire

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A full August flood, a rarity in itself.
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A full August flood, a rarity in itself.

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Flood meadows by the River Derwent 10 miles southeast of York. In winter spectacular numbers of wildfowl can be present and a large gull roost can be observed, but this is dependant upon sufficient floodwater. There are 5 hides on the reserve, plus 2 more at Bank Island.

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Wheldrake Ings can be accessed from the A19 south of York. From Whekdrake village head southeast and after half a mile take a minor road to the east and park by the bailey bridge at the entrance to the reserve SE694444 (alternatively park in the car park at Bank Island SE690447). Cross the bailey bridge and walk south along the river bank for a third of a mile to reach the first hide (Tower hide). The only permanent water is in front of the pool hide, whilst the last hide at the end of a boardwalk is the Swantail hide; in winter the Tower hide is the best hide for observing the gull roost. Bank Island can be productive for diving duck during deep floods and two hides are present in this area.


All times. During times of flood the reserve is inaccessible. Wellingtons essential during the winter months.


Park along the minor lane to the reserve or small car park by the bailey bridge SE694444 or at Bank Island car park SE690447 and walk south along the riverbank or road.

Opening Times

Any reasonable time.


5 hides on the reserve. From north to south: Tower hide, Riverside hide, Pool hide and Swantail hide (the latter about 1.25 miles from the car park); another hide looks over the floods at the extreme southern end of the reserve. On Bank Island there are two hides.

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