Idle Valley Nature Reserve

Idle Valley Nature Reserve
Near Retford, Nottinghamshire

Average visit time – 2 hours

Things to do at Idle Valley Nature Reserve review

The Idle Valley Nature Reserve is maintained by the Notts Wildlife Trust and is located near Retford in Nottinghamshire. It is a wetland of Special Scientific Interest. The reserve is over 3 miles long and covers 450 hectares.

There are four designated walking routes within the reserve. It is home to a diverse range of widlife and there are plenty of birds to look out for. There is a natural play area for the kids and you can hire kids activity packs from the centre to help make their visit more interesting and educational.

There are 2500 metres of accessible paths, including 5 scenic viewing screens and a nature viewing platform. Make sure you take some paper and pencils for their brzone rubbing trail and keep an eye out for sculptures dotted around the trails.

Covid 19: Due to current restrictions not everything will be open, or it may be open differently to normal, at the attraction that you are visiting. Please consult their social media accounts, give them a call or visit their website if you can’t find the information you are looking for.

FAQ and Further Information Idle Valley Nature Reserve

Address: North Rd, Retford DN22 8SG, Nottinghamshire, England. Phone: 01777 858245

Category – Nature Reserve – Outdoors – Suitable for all ages

Is there food and drink available?

There is a cafe serving hot and cold food and drinks. You are welcome to bring a picnic.

What are the main things to do?

Nature reserve with four different walks including accessible paths, sculptures, viewing screens, natural play and discovery packs to hire. There are toilets and a cafe.

What are the ticket prices?

*Prices are subject to change and/or discounts online. *FREE. The nature reserve is free to visit, there is a small charge if arriving by car.

Is there parking?

Car Parking available, they kindly ask for a suggested donation of £3 to park.

When are they open?

Idle Valley is open for most of the year although it does close overnight. For up to date opening times please visit their website.

Dog friendly?

Dogs are welcome and must be kept under control.

Are they accessible?

There is disabled parking onsite and many of the trails around the reserve are suitable for pushchairs and wheelchairs.  Contact the Trust for more information.

Idle Valley Nature Reserve
Idle Valley Nature Reserve
Photos credited to Idle Valley Nature Reserve

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