Idle Valley

Idle Valley Rural Learning Centre Notts WT cpt Tim Sexton

© Tim Sexton

Redshank (1) NottsWT cpt John Smith

© John Smith

Little Ringed Plover NottsWT cpt John Smith

 © John Smith

The car park and reserve remains open for visitors to enjoy respecting other users.

The café and shop at Idle Valley Nature Reserve are open between 10am and 3pm for drinks, cakes and snacks. Toilets are open.

One of the largest sites for nature conservation in the East Midlands


North Road
DN22 8RQ
A static map of Idle Valley

Know before you go

375 hectares

Entry fee

Free access

Parking information

£3 donation

Bicycle parking


Grazing animals

Rare breed cattle and sheep can be seen in various areas around the reserve throughout the year. Please keep to paths and keep dogs on leads near them.

Walking trails

There are 4 designated walking routes.


Access to the reserve is open daily 9-5pm.

The visitor centre shop and cafe is open for  snacks and drinks. Toilets are available.

There is disabled parking onsite and many of the trails around the reserve are suitable for pushchairs and wheelchairs.  Contact the Trust for more information.


Under effective control
Please keep dogs on leads near sheep and cattle on site.


Visitor centre
Picnic area
Accessible toilet
Baby changing facilities
Outdoor play area
Disabled parking
Accessible trails

When to visit

Opening times

Summer = Open for walking from 9am to 7pm
Autumn = Open for walking from 9am to 4pm
Winter = Open for walking from 9am to 5pm

Best time to visit

All year round

About the reserve

This reserve consists of a beautiful 450ha network of lakes, wetland, grassland and scrub. It is home to a diverse range of wildlife and is recognised as one of the richest birding sites in the region. Look out for birds such as gadwall and little grebe in winter and breeding wading birds including little ringed plover and redshank in spring and summer. The Idle Valley Rural Learning Centre is a high quality educational facility based at the south end of the site and is a venue for a range of training courses and events.

Contact us

Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust
Contact number: 01777 858 245
Contact email:

Environmental designation

Local Wildlife Site (LWS)
Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI)

We're bringing beavers back to Idle Valley!

We are reintroducing the first beavers in Nottinghamshire for 400 years.

Read more

Idle Valley Nature Reserve map