One of the largest sites for nature conservation in the East Midlands
Know before you go
Entry feeFree access
Parking information£3 donation
There are 4 designated walking routes.
Access to the reserve is open daily 9-5pm.
The visitor centre has reopened with limited hours: Friday, Saturday and Sunday 10am - 3pm.
For the moment the toilets will remain closed due to the limited numbers of staff and the need to keep everyone safe.
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.
When to visit
Opening timesSummer = 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 visitAll 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.