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Idle Valley Nature Reserve

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Retford area has a wonderful gem

A visit to the Idle Valley Park is a unforgettable visit. Certainly back to nature with great... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Christinek286
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Retford, United Kingdom
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Excellent reserve and cafe

Service a little slow but the food is top notch and well worth the wait. The cakes are of excellent... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Laceprinzmike
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Warsop, United Kingdom
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North Road | Postcode for Satnav: DN21 8RQ, Retford DN22 8SF, England
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A visit to the Idle Valley Park is a unforgettable visit. Certainly back to nature with great walkways. Originally a quarry and now a lovely place to see wildlife around the lakes

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank Christinek286
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Service a little slow but the food is top notch and well worth the wait. The cakes are of excellent quality and reasonably priced too. The walks on the reserve, which is vast, are on level ground and packed with wildlife. Car park is free...More

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank Laceprinzmike
Reviewed 1 week ago

Visit regularly - to walk, attend events, meet people or use their cafe. Lovely setting, close to Retford. in addition to the walks and cafes they organise support for local groups, Well worth a visit. Commenting on several visits, not just one particular one so...More

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank KAC67
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Sought advice on the 2 mile Green walk. Provided with a map and told where to start so off we went. Never saw a green sign post again. Saw every other colour. Ended up walking for about five miles! Signage is absolutely appalling around the...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank johnboy51959
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Lovely picturesque circular running route on well maintained paths with abundance of wildlife. We'll worth a jog here.

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank Cjp250568
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Just on the edge of Retford is this beautiful place to walk, different routes to take all sign posted. Plenty of photo opportunities due to the different plants and wildlife. Ideal for family walks and picnics.

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank sally r
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Bird watching territory - and there are a lot. Excellent series of easy walks, with a good food and drinks cafe to welcome you at the end.

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank iancraw4d
Reviewed March 16, 2019

What a beautiful view. This cafe window is huge it’s just picturesque sat her watching all the birds on the lake through the inormous window whilst enjoying some lovely home made food. Heavenly 😺

Date of experience: March 2019
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Reviewed March 3, 2019 via mobile

We spent a pleasant couple of hours walking around the lake. The small boys 8 and 4 loved the back packs we hired for them and made good use of the magnifying glasses and binoculars. The shop has reasonably priced things for sale and a...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Gigi05_12
Reviewed February 21, 2019

This used to be such a great place to visit, either for a walk around the lake or for a meal or drink in the cafe. It used to be a friendly place, with staff who were interested in chatting and sharing their passion for...More

Date of experience: February 2019
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Jessica B
February 23, 2019|
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Response from Brian W | Reviewed this property |
Yes there are lots of lovely walks for our canine friends!!
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K6015QHkellym
October 28, 2018|
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Response from Global782725 |
Hi, The postcode should in fact be DN22 8RQ
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