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Idle Valley NR Nottinghamshire

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This site was formally known as Sutton & Lound Gravel Pits, and incorporated Hallcroft & Bellmoor Pits near Retford. The whole site has been bought by Notts Wildlife Trust and renamed Idle Valley Nature Reserve. Part of the site is still a working quarry with restricted access but viewing along public bridleways of Chainbridge and Neatholme Lanes is permitted or by paths along the River Idle. Various viewpoints have been created and the site warden is based at the Rural Learning Centre near Hallcroft.

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For birds close to Retford, park near the entrance to Hallcroft fisheries at the north end of Hallcroft Road (SK693828&ar=y). Follow the River Idle north. For birds close to Lound Village, take Chainbridge Lane (SK697859&ar=y) east towards the River Idle bridge and park along this road well away from the village. Do not park on Town Street which is too narrow.


Viewing is from the eastern bank of the River Idle and two public footpaths that run east from Lound village towards the river. Neatholme Lane runs from Lound to Clayworth, while Chainbridge Lane runs east to Hayton. Only Chainbridge Lane has vehicular access with parking space. The lane is rough and dirty with many potholes so drive with care. Avoid parking in Lound village as the roads are very narrow and the residents object.


Park only on Chainbridge Lane.


Two public footpaths: Chainbridge and Neatholme Lanes.

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