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Staunton Harold Water Sensory Guide

A guide for visitors with cognitive disabilities including autism spectrum disorder.

About Staunton Harold Water

Facilities at Staunton Harold Water

Arriving at Staunton Harold Water

a playground with the reservoir in the background
a path with trees on the right hand side
the reservoir on a sunny day with a blue sky

When I arrive at Staunton Harold Water I can decide to relax, enjoy the playground or explore the path.


In  the car park, I might see;

  • Cars, vans and other vehicles
  • The old windmill
  • People walking with their families
  • People walking with their dogs
  • Trees waving their leaves
  • Birds flying


In the car park, I might hear:

  • People talking
  • Dogs barking
  • Birds singing
  • Wind rustling the leaves
  • Children playing
  • Vehicles driving around


In the car park I might touch;

  • The leaves of plants
  • Stone walls
  • The wind or rain on my skin
  • Signs
  • Fencing
  • The soil at my feet


In the car park I might smell;

  • Food and drinks being served in the cafe
  • Other peoples picnics
  • Flowers and other plants
  • The water from the reservoir

On the path

If I choose to walk along the path, I can find, fields, woodlands, a wildflower meadow, and a bird hide. 


On the path, I might see

  • Dogs with their owners
  • Wildlife
  • The countryside
  • Other people walking


On the path, I might hear

  • Animals from farms
  • Wildlife
  • Dogs barking
  • People talking


On the path, I might touch

  • The sand from the beaches
  • The wooden bird hide
  • Grass on the floor
  • Wooden rail bridge railings


On the path, I might smell

  • Animal waste from farmers fields
  • Damp and rotting wood
  • Flowers from the wildflower meadow

Tips for a great day out at Staunton Harold Water

  • Before I come to Staunton Harold Water, it is a good idea to think about the time I’m going to visit. If I come during school holidays or especially over the summer, it is more likely to be very busy.
  • I should keep to the rules and read the signs around the reservoir, which are there to keep everyone safe. For example, I should not swim or paddle in the reservoir. 
  • I should remember the ranger team are there to help if I need them and I can contact them by calling 01332865081.
  • I can find more information on accessibility at Staunton Harold Water on the website

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