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Idle Valley Nature Reserve

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Closed Now: 10:00 - 16:00
Open today: 10:00 - 16:00
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Relaxing and idyllic

Beautiful relaxing and idyllic walk around the lakes of the nature reserve, plenty of varieties of... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
DrDarrenWood
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Retford, United Kingdom
via mobile
Nice walk around lake

We walked around the lake, starting by going over the walkway near the car park. Walked to the bird... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
ropery007
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Gainsborough, United Kingdom
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  • Average4%
  • Poor1%
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“bird watching”(10 reviews)
“lovely walk”(17 reviews)
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Hours Today: 10:00 - 16:00
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North Road | Postcode for Satnav: DN21 8RQ, Retford DN22 8SF, England
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+44 1777 858245
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Beautiful relaxing and idyllic walk around the lakes of the nature reserve, plenty of varieties of birds to see, followed by a lovely spot of lunch in the on-site cafe

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank DrDarrenWood
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We walked around the lake, starting by going over the walkway near the car park. Walked to the bird viewing screen on the other side of lake to cafe. Returned to cafe and had a cup of tea along with a jacket potato with cheese...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank ropery007
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Ideal valley is a beautiful place to visit and walk your dog (Dogs must be kept on lead). The only problem I have with Idle Valley Nature Reserve is the prices they charge in the cafe.It makes it an expensive dog walk if you go...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed 4 November 2018 via mobile

It's always a good start when the carparking fee is volontary! We went into the café having had cake and coffee (it's ok for a light bite) We went round the toy area then went out side there are several routes to choose from we...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank michaelgray3
Reviewed 25 October 2018

Off the beaten track nature reserve with fantastic cafe. There is plenty of parking for a nominal fee, and then you can walk to the lake and go for a long or short walk and view the wildlife, before returning back to the cafe. The...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Chris S
Reviewed 21 October 2018

Good car park, easy access. With a variety of lengths of walks. Suiting all members of the family. The cafe is good with great cakes.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank 77audrey7
Reviewed 20 October 2018

Lovely cafe after an interesting walk, there are plenty of different walks and things to see everywhere at this venue.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Brian W
Reviewed 17 October 2018

idel valley is a great place to take the dog for a long walk as well as look at the wild life and the lake

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Kevin P
Reviewed 15 October 2018 via mobile

Me and my partner walk around idle valley quite often , it’s a lovely walk, and although we don’t have dogs we see a lot there and they seem to love it also. Highly recommend. We also visit the cafe, reasonable prices.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Dazgrego
Reviewed 2 October 2018 via mobile

Went with family including toddler. A very good walk around the lake spotting loads of flora and fauna, with a very excited 22 month old in tow. Paths well sign posted and informative. Stopped to picnic outside the visitors centre, the staff were very helpful...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Kelly M
28 October 2018|
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Response from Global782725 |
Hi, The postcode should in fact be DN22 8RQ
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28 October 2018|
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Response from Kevin P | Reviewed this property |
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