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Idle Valley Nature Reserve

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Open today: 10:00 - 16:00
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Homemade food...... delicious

Visit here nearly every week with friends and family, the jacket potatoes are the best I’ve had in... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Retford, United Kingdom
via mobile
Lots to see

If you like nature you'll love the Idle Valley; there's a variety of walks for all ages and a... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Irene B
Retford, United Kingdom
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  • Average4%
  • Poor1%
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“bird watching”(10 reviews)
“homemade food”(3 reviews)
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North Road | Postcode for Satnav: DN21 8RQ, Retford DN22 8SF, England
+44 1777 858245
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Visit here nearly every week with friends and family, the jacket potatoes are the best I’ve had in a very long time....... all If the food I cannot fault, some say it’s expensive but these days you pay for quality......

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you like nature you'll love the Idle Valley; there's a variety of walks for all ages and a veggie cafe second to none. Everything is home made so beware because things run out early.

Thank Irene B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Visited for lunchtime snack, Lovely bread and a salad with an awful lot of celery (Is it cheap at the moment?) Moderately expensive for what is presented and cheese sandwiches no longer have a nice slice; its all grated so it falls out of a...More

Thank Martin A
Reviewed 3 weeks 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
Reviewed 8 June 2018

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

1  Thank DolloNorthNotts
Reviewed 3 June 2018 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
Reviewed 1 June 2018 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
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
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
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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6 April 2018|
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 .
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