Idle Valley Nature Reserve (Notts Wildlife Trust), Retford

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  • 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  more »
  • 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...  more »
  • 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  more »
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  • I took a very young family member, we were hunting 'crocodiles' in the puddles, we found lots of tracks to follow & what looked like a crocodile nest! A lovely walk, meeting lovely people & their dogs. My little guest was calling for toads from the side of the pond & to his delight so many came to see him..we are going back in a week to follow the life cycle of the toad, we are hoping for frog spawn. Dogs can be walk around this area on a lead, there are tables outside to sit at to be eith your dog, (Remember not to leave dogs unattended in public places, due to dog theft! (Nor in the car)). Parking is free but a donation of suggested £2 can be made. The cafe & shop are run by lovely staff. Have a lovely day here, the time passes so quickly when you are having fun..and we had so much fun. We spent 4+ hours here. Note some of the paths around this site could prove challenging for a wheelchair, with large muddy puddles it was challenging with a pushchair, we thought worth the challenge & so many birds to see, so many hugs to find!! Have a great day.
  • We walk to here from my friends house. Nice walk along the river. The staff in the cafe are always very nice. Highly recommend the scones.
  • What a lovely place had a great day. Walking round the lake and seeing all the birds. Then a fantastic lunch in the cafe looking out over the water. So peaceful. A wonderful place to take children.
  • Would be a better score if they hadn't chopped the willow archway down and installed plastic walkway with no safety rails over a muddy barren area with no obvious plan. It has reduced the area for any vegetation and wildlife. The approach looks awfull. The food in the restaurant is good BUT it would be even better if it wasn't ALL vegetarian. Some bacon cobs, sausages, meat stews, ham sandwiches etc would improve it
  • Good cafe. Good views over the reserve whilst sat in the cafe. Good walk too.
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