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Idle Valley Nature Reserve

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North Road, Retford DN22 8SF, England
+44 1777 713940
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This Nature Reserve (a wetland site of special scientific interest) has a fantastic Visitor's... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
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Had a walk around one lake about one hour it took but I stopped to take photos ,there is a lot more... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Mick B
Shirebrook, United Kingdom
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“bird watching” (9 reviews)
“lovely walk” (15 reviews)
“cakes” (14 reviews)
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Hours Today: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
North Road, Retford DN22 8SF, England
+44 1777 713940
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This Nature Reserve (a wetland site of special scientific interest) has a fantastic Visitor's Centre run by local members of this Conservation Group. Well worth looking inside at their displays, book and card stall & eating (their very reasonable) food. Their huge wall of windows...More

Thank Jingle05
Reviewed 1 week ago

Had a walk around one lake about one hour it took but I stopped to take photos ,there is a lot more walks which would take a full day if not more to do.. The highlight for me was nice cafe with great views ,food...More

Thank Mick B
Reviewed 14 October 2017

My wife and I take our dog round the area it takes about forty five minutes at a steady pace round the lake plenty of water birds and wildlife to see and you can always call at the cafe for a snack and a cuppa...More

Thank jitterbug143
Reviewed 8 October 2017 via mobile

Amazing place to visit if you like nature and wildlife , great walks around the lakes and the cafe is pretty good too.

Thank Michael H
Reviewed 6 October 2017 via mobile

We enjoyed a beautiful walk around the reserve with the pram and got around with ease. The on site cafe was delightful! Really lovely food and tasty cakes! A lovely afternoon well spent!

Thank 143nat
Reviewed 2 October 2017 via mobile

This was a first visit, only went to the cafe it's was very clean lovely view of lake and a nice lunch

Thank yhumberstone
Reviewed 21 September 2017

Great place to walk and just on our doorstep !! Would highly recommend a visit to this little hidden gem.

Thank Paula G
Reviewed 20 September 2017 via mobile

Amazing views and such a pleasant place to walk with Like minded dog walkers. Cafe is lovely too and open until 4. Perfect walking and lots to see

Thank Donna B
Reviewed 16 September 2017

This is a super place for lite fresh snacks &cakes.I am a weekly visitor to this beautiful place where the staff in the cafe are very happy and helpful to me as I am disabled. I can also see all the bird life from the...More

Thank Susan G
Reviewed 6 September 2017 via mobile

Great place for walking! Nice and relaxing,only thing I think is that the walks could be better signposted.

Thank Mick H
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26 March 2016|
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Response from Joannemariemansfield |
There are many paths that you follow that follow the fields and the river Idle where dogs can be off lead also. We do a 7 mile walk following the arrows and nearly all is off lead.
Angela F
9 April 2015|
Response from Yummyfoodfood | Reviewed this property |
There is no charge to enter and parking is free, beware the gates get closed at night but there is also parking before the gates if you like a sunset walk. There is, of course, a charge for the cafe and certain special... More