Winsford and Rural East

Talking West Cheshire

Rivacre Valley Local Nature Reserve

CowslipCome and explore Rivacre Valley Local Nature Reserve, a green oasis of woodland and meadows close to Ellesmere Port.

Spring is a special time at Rivacre Valley Local Nature Reserve, when the woodlands are truly stunning. Carpets of bright yellow celandines and delicate white wood anemones are soon followed by bluebells, filling the air with their heady scent. Look out for the electric blue flash of the kingfisher hunting for eels along Rivacre Brook. Later in the year you can picnic in the colourful meadows, or if you're feeling energetic why not have a go at the orienteering course and really get to know the Reserve?

There is a good network of paths around the Reserve and a busy programme of special events throughout the year. Call in at the Visitor Centre for details.


  • There is wheelchair access to the Reserve but the anti-motorcycle gates may be inaccessible to larger wheelchairs. There are some steep paths.

How to get there

  • Rivacre Valley is within cycling distance of Ellesmere Port. The nearest railway station is at Overpool. The car park is on Rivacre Road, just off junction 7 of the M53.


Rangers’ Office, Rivacre Valley, Rivacre Road, Ellesmere Port, CH64 2UQ.

Tel: 0151 357 1991


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