Tophill Low Nature Reserve

Spend the day wandering through the woods, wetlands and grasslands marvelling at all kinds of wildlife, from otters to dragonflies.

Tophill Low Nature Reserve

Covid-19 update

In accordance with government guidance, our recreational sites and car parks remain open during the national lockdown for people to exercise locally. We ask that you follow the latest guidance to help keep yourself, our key workers and others safe. In the current lockdown this includes:

  • Please do not travel to one of our sites if it isn’t local (which the government has defined as the village, town, or part of a city where you live).
  • Please only visit to exercise with your household, your support bubble, or to meet one other person.

All our toilet facilities are currently closed so please be mindful of this when visiting.

If you do plan to visit, we continue to request that you are respectful of our sites, staff members, other visitors and local communities:

  • Please maintain social distancing throughout your visit.
  • Please follow any instructions on signage around the site.
  • Please follow designated paths. The paths are there to keep you and our key workers safe.
  • Make sure you take any litter home with you and do not light any BBQs or fires.
  • If the car park is full, please do not park on verges or on the road as this causes traffic issues and can block important access for operational vehicles or the emergency services.

Get back to nature at Tophill Low Nature Reserve

Located north of Hull in the East Riding of Yorkshire, Tophill Low Nature reserve is an active Yorkshire Water treatment works built in 1959. It formally opened as a nature reserve in 1993 and features 12 hides spread across a 300 acre site that flanks the river Hull.

The two reservoirs - 'D' and 'O' dominate the reserve and have SSSI status for their massive wildfowl numbers. Around the perimeter a network of marshes, ponds, woodlands and grasslands result in an annual 160+ bird species, with over 60 readily visible even in mid winter.

We recommend bringing lunch with you as the nearest town is nearly 10 miles away!


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Walking  Wildlife watching

Bird at Tophill Low Nature Reserve

Entry prices

Adults: £3.50

Concessions: £2.50 (over 65s and registered disabled)

Children: 5-16: £1.50

Under 5s: free


Fox at Tophill Low

Opening times

Monday to Sunday

9am to 6pm

Dogs aren't allowed and they shouldn't be left in cars.

How to get there

By car

There is a car park

From Beverley

Follow Driffield Road A164 north towards Driffield for 6 miles. At Watton, turn right onto Church Lane and follow the signposts for Tophill Low Nature Reserve.

From Driffield

Follow Beverley Road A164 south towards Beverley for 5 miles. At Watton, turn left onto Church Lane and follow the signposts for Tophill Low Nature Reserve.

By public transport

The nearest train station is 4 miles away.

Keep up to date

Visit the Tophill Low blog to see what we've been up to.

Tophill Low blog

Tophill Low at sunrise