GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Attenborough Nature Reserve

4 miles (6 km)

Explore over 350 acres of lakes, wetland, woodland, grassland and scrub in this popular nature reserve near Nottingham. The reserve sits at the confluence of theRiver Erewashand the River Trent and contains several large lakes which attract a wide variety of birdlife. Look out for kingfisher, shoveler,diving ducks and herons.
It is located right next to Attenborough train station and on the Trent Valley Way walking route, so you have the option of continuing your walk on this riverside footpath.
The Erewash Valley Trail cycle and walk trail also passes through the reserve so you could pick this up.
There is also an excellent nature centre with interactive educational displays and a cafe overlooking the lakes and islands of the reserve.


NG9 6DY - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations

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Attenborough Nature Reserve OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Attenborough Nature Reserve Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking


There's a gift shop and a good on site cafe where you can enjoy a range of refreshments after your exercise.

Dog Walking

The reserve is a lovely place for a dog walk so you will probably see other owners on your visit. It's best to keep them on leads because of the wildlife and the popularity of the site. Bins are dotted around the reserve.

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

At the eastern end of the reserve you can pick up the Beeston Canal at the pretty Beeston Lock. The towpath will take you east into Nottingham city centre.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Nottinghamshire Walks page.


Attenborough Nature Reserve Visitor Centre - - 763738

Attenborough Nature Reserve Visitor Centre. The centre was opened in 2005 by the reserve's namesake Sir David Attenborough.

Attenborough Church from the Nature Reserve - - 18238

Attenborough Church from the Nature Reserve.There are two way marked routes around the lakes and lagoons of the Nature Reserve. One is the Kingfisher Route and the other shorter route is the Tufted Duck. This was taken on a section where both routes follow the same path.

Footpath, Attenborough Nature Reserve - - 735717

This surfaced path follows the strip of land between the nature reserve and the River Trent.

Attenborough Nature Reserve Path by the river over a footbridge - - 1099552

Path by the river over a footbridge

Narrowboat on the Trent - - 735707

Narrowboat on the Trent. The River Trent seen from the footpath alongside Attenborough Nature Reserve. Narrowboats and other craft make good use of the waterway.

Down the ramp - - 1357293

Down the ramp. The exit from the Visitor Centre with the car park beyond and Attenborough Church in the distance.

View from Chilwell over Attenborough nature reserve - - 1054847

View from Chilwell over the reserve - from a helicopter ride. Chilwell Village hotel at base of photo.

Crowded islands - - 568834

Crowded islands. Horses, geese, lapwings & gulls at the nature reserve


GPS Files

GPX File

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Memory Map Route

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