Plan your visit
- Nature reserve: open daily, dawn-dusk.
- Car park: open daily, dawn-dusk.
- Free entrance to RSPB members
- Car park cost
There are no entry fees to the nature reserve, but the following parking charges apply:
- RSPB members: FREE (please display your membership card face down in your windscreen).
- Non-members: £1 per vehicle (up to 2 hours) / £2 per vehicle (over 2 hours).
- Blue badge holders: FREE (please display your blue badge in your windscreen).
Payment for parking is via the Pay By Phone app, so we advise you to download it in advance of your visit.
Guided walks is closed
How to get here
On leaving the station, head west into the village along Station Road. At the end of Station Road, continue straight across at the traffic lights into Bell Lane then turn left to come down Church Street and Cottage Lane. You will see a track as you reach a bend to the left (this is signposted RSPB). Take that track and you will find the RSPB car park. Go past the car park - the way to the reserve is straight ahead through the gate and up through the wood. The reserve entrance is approximately 800m. The total walking time is approx. 50 minutes.
The Collingham service bus is the 367 and it is able to drop off just past the junction of the A1133 and Cottage Lane – there is a pull off where large lorries wait. There is a similar pull in on the opposite side of the road. Passengers can request to be dropped off here and be picked up on the opposite side of the road but if being picked up MUST make themselves known clearly to the driver by sticking their arm out in good time for him/her to stop.
National Cycle Route 64 runs along the eastern boundary and past the site entrance.
At the Newark Showground roundabout, take the A1133 exit signposted towards Gainsborough and Collingham. After 2.5 miles, immediately after the level crossing, turn left into Cottage Lane. The gated entrance to the car park is 50m along the lane. Please note: there is a height restriction barrier of 2.2m.
Sat nav POI file: If you have a satellite navigation system that can accept POI files, please see our POI page for a download link and instructions.
Information for dog owners
Sorry, dogs are not permitted on the nature reserve (except assistance dogs), due to the sensitive wildlife and habitats here.
We know that the countryside is a dog walking paradise. It’s important to remember the special surroundings here are wonderful havens for rare wildlife. Even if dogs are very well behaved, wildlife can easily become startled by a dog they perceive as a predator.
Disturbing wildlife does more than simply causing it to move away; it uses up their energy, decreasing their chance of survival regardless of season. Thank you for protecting the special wildlife by not exercising your dog here.
- Other exciting dog walking routes are available to enjoy in the local area, discover the National Cycle Network between Lincoln and Newark-on-Trent.
- Alternatively, walk along the public footpath to the River Trent where you can see the mighty Cromwell Weir, the beginning of the tidal section to the Trent and a place where salmon can be seen leaping in October. The there-and-back again route to the river from the car park is 2.4 miles or 3.6km, which would take just over an hour, depending on how long your dog’s legs are.
- A longer walk can be taken around the reserves entire perimeter, taking 2 hours (4 miles) and starting from the car park. This route follows the public footpath around the outer boundary of the site, including a section of the Sustrans 64 route as well as part of the Trent Valley Way and provides brilliant views across the whole of the reserve, including the newest parcel of land to come under RSPB management at Langford (known as the Phase 3 Area).
- Dogs die in hot cars, please do not leave your dog in the car when visiting us.