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 centre is now open for cafe takeaways only on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Toilet facilities are not avaiable yet. The car park and reserve remains open for visitors to enjoy at the reccommended 2 metre distance from others.

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

450 hectares

Entry fee

Free access

Parking information

£3 donation

Bicycle parking


Walking trails

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.


Under effective control


Visitor centre
Picnic area
Outdoor play area

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)

Idle Valley Rural Learning Centre & Nature Reserve

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