Daneshill Lakes

daneshill lakes nature reserve

  • historic site dominated by three lakes
  • on part of the former Ranskill Royal Ordnance Factory
  • car park and a surfaced circular trail around the main lake suitable for people with restricted mobility and pushchairs
  • dogs welcome on a lead or under close control.

Daneshill Lakes is an area of restored and flooded gravel pits that now provides a home to a diverse range of wildlife. The gravel pits themselves have been flooded to create an open water habitat surrounded by willow woodland. The County Council acquired the site in 1980 and it is now managed in partnership with the Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust.

On a trip to Daneshill Lakes:

  • explore the network of footpaths allowing access to all parts of the reserve
  • spot the good numbers of willow warbler, whitethroat and blackcap present in summer, and in winter you may see a siskin or a goldcrest
  • soak up the beauty of the many wild flowers, attracting butterflies such as brimstone, common blue, meadow brown, gatekeeper and ringlet.


Nearest Town/Village: Ranskill

Access Point: Car Park off Daneshill Road, Torworth

Grid Reference: SK 668 862

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