Having asphalt paths means they are very wheelchair friendly, although the eastern end of the reserve is a little undulating unless you have a fit strong pusher that section could be out of bounds. Avoiding the steeper parts will not deprive you of enjoying most of the reserve, particularly the ponds.
Long dead trees make a marked contrast with growing ones.
My visit was on a weekday, but I can imagine on a weekend the paths would be full of walkers, joggers, and dog walkers, but the reserve is large enough to cater for the multitudes without being crowded.
In some parts, the distant hum of traffic on Durham Road can be heard, but it does not distract from the enjoyment of the area.
Children will love the easy walks, the playground and getting close-up views of the water birds.