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Idle Valley Nature Reserve

Idle Valley Nature Reserve,Retford Information
This spectacular wetland site covers an area of 450 hectares following the River Idle northwards. The size of 600 football pitches, it is one of the largest sites for nature conservation in the East Midlands.
Idle Valley Nature Reserve,Retford Address
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Idle Valley Nature Reserve
North Road
Retford
Notts
DN22 8RQ
Map and Directions
Idle Valley Nature Reserve,Retford Telephone No.
01777 713 945
hours
The Idle Valley Nature Reserve is open throughout the year.

Idle Valley Rural Learning Centre opening times:
Reception and toilet facilities: 10am - 4pm all year (excluding some holiday periods)


food
Saturday - Sunday 11.30am - 2pm hot food and drinks (Idle Valley Café)

drinks
None
parking
Parking is available at the Rural Learning Centre (SK686832) at the following times:
Monday â€" Friday: 9am -5pm All year
Saturday and Sunday: 9am - 5pm (October to April), 8am-8pm (May â€" August)

Alternative parking is available in the lay-by on the road by the Bluebell Inn in Lound, or in Chainbridge Lane.
Children
There are four designated walks of varying lengths (click ‘Factsheets’ to download reserve map), so whether you would like a quick stroll or a longer hike, there’s something to suit everyone. There is a bronze rubbing trail around the site for children and various sculptures to enjoy, designed and built by local community groups.
disabled facilities
Visitors to Idle Valley are invited to enjoy the many footpaths and bridleways, of which 2500m are wheelchair-accessible, together with five viewing screens and a viewing platform.
pets
Well behaved dogs on leads are welcome, restrictions may apply to certain events.
Price(s)
Access is free of charge.
directions
Situated on the outskirts of Retford on the Great North Road (A638), accessed via the 'Tarmac' site entrance. For satnav or routefinder purposes use DN22 8SG