Stunning nature reserve near Newark full of wildlife, lagoons and a floating bridge

General view of the lagoons and reedbeds
-Credit: (Image: Laycie Beck)


Located near Newark, there is a stunning nature reserve full of wildlife, lagoons, and even a floating bridge. Langford Lowfields spans 120 acres and has long been a haven for nature as not only is it surrounded by wildflower meadows, the site also has the largest reedbed in the East Midlands.

With so much to explore in one place, I decided to head to the site and see how good it really was. Despite it being a random Wednesday afternoon in June, I was surprised to see five other cars in the car park when I arrived and clearly this beautiful site is well known to the local community.

Although there were plenty of parking spaces to choose from, my first hurdle was actually paying for parking as it can only be done on the PayByPhone app, which was a bit of a faff to download and set up. However, once that was sorted I paid my £1 for two hours and headed down the track to the main part of the site.

The initial part of the walk is 800m of woodland
The initial part of the walk is 800m of woodland

It was very heavy woodland at first, and once you cross a little bridge you are essentially walking under an archway of tree branches for 800m. Since it was a sunny day it was lovely to be in the shade for a little bit, however, there were so many flies everywhere I looked, and it felt a bit like I was walking alongside a Scottish loch in midgie season.

This part of the walk feels long as it's a straight narrow path, but I would say it's definitely flat enough for wheelchairs and pushchairs. This means it is a great place to go for a walk and maybe even a picnic as a family, but unfortunately, I passed around a dozen signs clearly stating no dogs allowed so your furry friends will need to stay at home.

After I eventually got to the gate for the main part of the reserve, the site opened up a lot more and the views suddenly went from endless trees to stunning lagoons as reedbeds as far as I could see. There were a few other walkers and families dotted about, but it was very quiet with the exception of the birds squawking in the distance.

There were so many lovely wildflowers around the site
There were so many lovely wildflowers around the site

As an RSPB site, it comes as no surprise that there was an abundance of wildlife, and it was nice to see that there were plenty of sections fenced off and signed as wildlife only. The whole site would be ideal for keen birdwatchers and nature photographers as there was just so much to see.

The weather had also come out lovely and sunny for the afternoon which made everything even more beautiful to look at. The whole walk is relatively flat as well, and after getting to the main part of the reserve you can choose from the 1500m Cromwell Trail or the North Trail which is 2300m.

But no matter which trail you take you should still get to the floating bridge, and on the Cromwell Trail there is a large picnic area. It was so peaceful, and even though the site was full of lagoons it didn't smell like stagnant water or anything like that, it just smelt like fresh wildflowers as there were also loads of meadows nearby.

The whole walk was lovely and is definitely one I hope to do again, although next time I will make sure to bring the bug spray.