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Attenborough Nature Reserve

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Attenborough Nature Reserve
Author: davidsharlot, Published: 09 May 2018 Walk Rating:star0 Attenborough Nature Reserve, Nottinghamshire Walking Guidestar0 Attenborough Nature Reserve, Nottinghamshire Walking Guidestar0 Attenborough Nature Reserve, Nottinghamshire Walking Guidestar0 Attenborough Nature Reserve, Nottinghamshire Walking Guidestar0 Attenborough Nature Reserve, Nottinghamshire Walking Guide
Nottinghamshire, Attenborough
Walk Type: River or lakeside
Attenborough Nature Reserve
Length: 3 miles,  Difficulty: boot Attenborough Nature Reserve, Nottinghamshire Walking Guide
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A circular walk of about 2.5 miles around Attenborough Nature Reserve in Nottinghamshire, a bird sanctuary based around ponds created by quarrying. The site has toilet facilities as well as two car parks. The first car park on the right-hand side as you approach has about a dozen free spaces and there is large pay and display car park next to the visitor centre. There are tracks suitable for both walking and cycling. There is a large raised indoor bird hide as well as several other hides around the site and many breeds of birds can be viewed, although binoculars are advisable for a good view. There are no stiles on route, but you will need to negotiate a few footbridges and squeeze gaps (see walk photos). Dogs on leads are welcome on the trail itself, but assistance dogs only are allowed in the visitor centre and hides. Allow about 1 hour (plus extra time for bird spotting).

The walk begins at Attenborough Nature Reserve, which is reached by a road turning at the crossroads leading to Chilwell Retail Park on the A6005 between Attenborough and Toton. It is also only a few hundred yards from Attenborough rail station. There are several bus services that run between Derby and Nottingham along the A6005 and it is just over half a mile walk from the retail park stop. If driving, turn off towards the retail park and take the second turning at the roundabout, slightly left. After a few hundred yards you cross some train tracks and there is a car park immediately to the right with several free spaces. If this is full, continue over the speed bumps for a couple of hundred yards to reach the large pay and display car park at the visitor centre which costs £3 per day (correct May 2018). Approximate post code NG9 6DY.

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Walk Sections

Start to River Trent
Start to River Trent

Start point: 52.9005 lat, -1.2347 long
End point: 52.8965 lat, -1.2294 long

Take the route between the car park and the visitor centre signed for the viewing hides and River Trent. Very soon you cross a bridge with views of the Tween Pond on the left and the Coneries Pond South to the right. After two hundred yards there is a path to a viewing area by the water on the right and shortly after this on the left is the wet grassland habitat and a footpath to the raised viewing hide. A hundred yards further, also on the left, is a large ground viewing hide. Fifty yards after this hide, the path splits with options to the left and right. Take the right path here, signed for the Riverside Path and Trent Lock.

River Trent to Erewash Field
River Trent to Erewash Field

Start point: 52.8965 lat, -1.2294 long
End point: 52.8916 lat, -1.2453 long

Cross a bridge and almost immediately there is an abandoned building on the right-hand side of the track. Follow the track ahead that runs between the pond (on your right) and the river (on your left) for about a mile. Along the way look out for motor boats and narrowboats on the river. These are likely to be heading for the Cranfleet Canal a couple of miles away, as this avoids a weir on the way to the River Soar. After about half a mile there is a bridge over a small weir with a nice view of both the river and the pond. Keep following the track for another half mile approximately, until you see a track to the right by a seat, and turn right here.

Erewash Field to Coneries Pond North
Erewash Field to Coneries Pond North

Start point: 52.8916 lat, -1.2453 long
End point: 52.8972 lat, -1.2453 long

After about 50 yards cross a bridge with views of the ponds on either side. To the left, you can see Ratcliffe-on-Soar power station in the distance. Keep largely straight ahead for about 300 yards ignoring a couple of paths to the left. The path turns sharply to the left here, follow it for just a few yards more and then turn right for about 50 yards until you reach the embankment. Turn right and follow the embankment for two hundred yards until you reach a railway line ahead. It is possible to cross the railway here, but instead keep following the track as it turns to the right before the crossing. The track zigzags a little and then runs parallel to the rail line (which is on your left). After a third of mile, or so, there is a wooden plank bridge. Cross this bridge and you arrive at the yacht club.

Coneries Pond North to End
Coneries Pond North to End

Start point: 52.8972 lat, -1.2453 long
End point: 52.9009 lat, -1.2347 long

After the bridge, walk along the private road left (following the rail line on your left), for a few hundred yards, until it reaches the public road by a railway crossing. The road turns sharply to the right, just before the free car park (where you may have parked). If you parked in the main car park, walk through to the far side of the smaller car park then follow a short footpath, running between the road and the pond, back to the main car park and visitor centre where the walk began.

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The information in this guide has been provided in good faith and is intended only as a guide, not a statement of fact. You are advised to check the accuracy of the information provided and should not use this guide for navigational directions nor should you rely on the accuracy of the weather forecast. You are advised to take appropriate clothing, footwear, equipment and navigational materials with you according to the current and possible weather and nature of the terrain. Always follow the country code and follow any additional warnings or instructions that may be available. Some walks may be very strenuous and you are advised to seek medical advice if you have any doubts as to your capability to complete the walk.

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8 gallery images for "Attenborough Nature Reserve"

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Immediately right after the railway junction.
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Swans eating the seeds on the ground.
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Sail boats on the pond
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Pylon heading back to the nature center.
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Seat where you follow the path away from the river
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A typical overgrown part of the river track.
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