The sanctuary is situated about 2km north of Wadebridge. It includes over 20 hectares of reclaimed flood plain between the farm of Lower Amble and the River Amble, and lies less than 1km inland from the Camel Estuary. Its highest point is about four metres above the Ordnance Datum.
The reserve has developed from three fields of pasture on land reclaimed from salt marsh and now protected from flooding by a dam at the mouth of the River Amble. The vegetation is predominantly Juncus effusus. The reserve also includes hedges, ditches, a shallow pond left over when the river was straightened and one bank of the River Amble. The Environment Agency constructed excellent new areas of water and essential new embankments outside the new hide, whilst carrying out their Amble Marshes Management Scheme in 1998.
Naturalist and broadcaster Bill Oddie officially opened the fabulous tower hide in December 1999. With the hide being 4m high, excellent views are possible over most of the reserve and the surrounding countryside, in comparitively luxurious comfort
Walmsley Sanctuary is a members only reserve and there is no access for the general public. However for non members seeking access keys are available for hire at a cost of £5 per day. Please e-mail the warden firstname.lastname@example.org (phone 07702 527603) Keys may be obtained by members from the Membership Secretary.
The red line is the route to take to the Tower Hide. The blue and yellow lines are the extent of the reserve.
Leave Wadebridge on the B3314 Rock to Port Isaac road. Proceed to the traffic light controlled bridge over the River Trewornan. Use the narrow public footpath gate on the right hand side (Rock side of bridge) and follow the footpath across the fields towards the hide. After the first stile keep close to the hedge on your left. Do not cut across the field. Please use the stiles and do not climb the hedges. To avoid disturbance to this statutory bird sanctuary, the hides are the only area open to visitors.
Contact the Walmsley Warden HERE
Views from the sky of Walmsley Sanctuary
Aerial footage of the Walmsley Sanctuary was commissioned by the Environment Agency to view their recent Water Level Management works. This was carried out from a radio controlled aeroplane flown by Oliver Bampton and we are grateful to him for permission to use his videos. The Warden reports that this caused no disturbance to the birds.
CBWPS/CWT secure Chapel Amble SSSI
Latest News: This land purchase was completed on 25th October