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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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On a nice sunny day this is a lovely place to visit. There are walks of different lengths around... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Andy W
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Walk and Lunch Out

We have been here several times now, taking in one of the walking routes and having a light lunch... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
DolloNorthNotts
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  • Very good25%
  • Average4%
  • Poor1%
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“bird watching” (9 reviews)
“lovely walk” (16 reviews)
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Hours Today: 10:00 - 16:00
LOCATION
North Road, Retford DN22 8SF, England
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+44 1777 713940
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"homity pie"
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"bird life"
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"cakes"
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"home made"
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"water birds"
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"lovely place"
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"marked paths"
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"large lake"
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"nice cafe"
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"varying lengths"
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"information centre"
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

On a nice sunny day this is a lovely place to visit. There are walks of different lengths around the nature reserve that will suit all abilities. The cafe is a large welcoming area with fantastic views across one of the lakes where you can...More

Thank Andy W
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We have been here several times now, taking in one of the walking routes and having a light lunch to follow. The bird watching along the way can be variable depending on whats about but this is true anywhere. Parking is good (small fee payable)...More

Thank DolloNorthNotts
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Arrived late on a Sunday evening had a quick walk around but gates were closing at 7pm. Cafe is available but it was closed when we arrived. Still worth a look if you fancy a relaxing walk. I’d recommend.

Thank Angela L
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Great place to have a walk around some fun nature stuff for kids to find. Car park has a £2 voluntary donation box, but place is free you can hire kids nature trail back packs with binoculars etc for £2. Has a cafe and toilets...More

Thank simon m
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Reviewed 6 May 2018 via mobile

Having recently had a minor operation on my knee I can't walk too far and need flatish ground but the sun was shining so we went to the reserve and we're able to get close to a good number of vantage points with the car...More

Thank Jan W
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Reviewed 10 February 2018 via mobile

Great work being done. Lovely walks. Lots of different birds. Such a great place to walk your dog and to have refreshments in the great cafe afterwards

1  Thank Sandra N
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Reviewed 29 January 2018

This is a lovely nature reserve, with circular walks, and plenty of opportunities to let your dog off its lead without disturbing the wildlife. Plenty of signs as well telling you when your dog has to be put back on its lead. Quite a lot...More

2  Thank Susan H
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Reviewed 28 January 2018

Idle Valley is perfect for a stoll in peaceful surroundings. Perfect spot for avid bird watchers and a great little cafe in the centre with lots of additional information

Thank Iain Coops C
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Reviewed 26 January 2018

This is my favourite place to visit with my family and/or dogs for walk. Also for a coffee wirh a friend. The walk is safe, clean and beautiful. Worth the visit on its own, but a stop is definitely worth it.

Thank Johnpatrick2014
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Reviewed 12 January 2018 via mobile

The goods: Level, decent paths, suitable for pushchairs and wheelchairs Free parking Excellent for bird lovers Cafe: Mainly vegetarian, delicious home-made food Free bibs with high chairs for kiddies Colouring activities for children The not so goods: The service on the cafe is slow so...More

1  Thank lesley h
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beckingham
6 April 2018|
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Response from Davemustained | Reviewed this property |
No , but plenty to do in the visitor centre using the telescopes to look out over the lakes , and colouring sheets , and adventure walks .
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lisag86
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.
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Angela F
9 April 2015|
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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
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