Opened in 1869 and closed in 1965 the Cheddar Valley Railway has been reclaimed by nature. Part of the reserve is within the Biddle Street SSSI designated for the wealth of wildlife found in the network of rhynes and ditches. Elsewhere the dense scrub encourages birds such as Nightingales to nest on the former railway banks and in summer bats patrol for insects. Areas of rough ground are home to amphibians and reptiles and you may see grass snakes or slow worms basking in the sun.
The Strawberry Line Heritage Trail runs through the heart of the LNR. This provides 8 miles of easy, level access for walkers and wheelchair users. The route will be open to cyclists all the way from Yatton to Winscombe (and further still to Cheddar on an existing multi-user path ) by summer 2006. The reserve can be accessed by train at Yatton Station.