Know before you go
Entry feeAccess by permit only
Parking informationThere is no parking but cars can be parked at the side of the entrance in Caddow Lane.
Grazing animalsThere are grazing animals
Access by permit only. Please keep to the paths.
Access by permit only. The reserve is 3 miles from Retford on the Retford to Gainsborough railway line. Access is via the Retford to Leverton road, turning down a rough track (Caddow Lane) at SK752815 to Rathole Lane Crossing. Enter over a stile. Contact the Trust for more information.
When to visit
Opening timesAccess by permit only
Best time to visitApril to July
About the reserve
This reserve consists of four sections; an old orchard and garden adjacent to the entrance, and 3 areas of spoil deposited during cutting of the railway tunnel in 1849 covered with dense woodland, scrub and grassland. Most of the reserve is over the tunnel itself. Many species of bird can be found in the scrub and woodland and a small pond on the reserve has been deepened to encourage a greater variety of pond life.